Finally, the focus is back on the field

Originally Published: March 9, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Spring football is upon us, and excuse college football fans if they dig into news of scrimmages and skeleton drills with more than the typical relish.

Off the field, the game needs fixing, which is why there's delight in an on-field fix. Most of us wrote off the 2003 offseason as an aberration. All of the jarring news -- the coaching scandals at Alabama and Washington, the ACC's raid of the Big East -- appeared to be one-time events.

But this winter has been a match. It started with ...

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