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Nick Saban is famous for it. So is Bob Stoops. But several Pac-12 coaches have taken it to a new level.
There continues to be a growing feud between writers who cover the Pac-12 and coaches trying to control what they write. UCLA’s Jim Mora is the latest to blow a gasket, throwing the media out of the Bruins’ practice yesterday after becoming incensed because camera crews from ESPN and L.A.’s Channel 5 were too close to the field.
Mora’s blowup is the just the latest. Last week, USC’s Lane Kiffin walked out of an interview with reporters after 1 of them had the audacity to ask about an injured player returning to practice. A week before that, Kiffin banned Scott Wolf of the L.A. Daily News after Wolf reported about USC’s kicker having surgery.
Pac-12 coaches, among others, keep crying about a “competitive advantage” or disadvantage when writers report players who have been injured, particularly in practice.
Saban recently chastised reporters covering Alabama about them not giving more ink to Western Kentucky. Western Kentucky, in our best Allen Iverson imitation. Imagine if those same reporters told Saban how to do his job.
Stoops frequently has a stick up his rear about similar issues with the media. Pick 1. And if you question him about some of his questionable strategy, God help you. I’ve watched OU games on TV and observed a player getting hurt, then watch the Sooners surround the player so cameras can’t get a view of what’s going on. I think they call it protecting the state’s secrets?
Coaches are well-known as control freaks. It just in their DNA. But if they don’t want the media in their practices, then ban them and be done with it.