College Football's Camera Troubles: Cell Phones, Social Networking Plague Sports Stars

11/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For all the images of marching bands, cheerleaders and raucous student fans associated with college football, the romantic notion of a quaint campus life for star quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Texas' Colt McCoy has all but disappeared, killed off by a combination of cloying fans and new technology. Athletic departments now monitor social networking Web sites, and cellphones are collected at the door of college parties to try to keep embarrassing or illegal moments off the Internet.