Kind of hard not to see this coming after the all the drama last season (I'm looking at you Dan Weber).
The public might be allowed to attend a few training camp practices but Lane Kiffin said today practices would be closed to the media and public in the regular season. USC officials were unsure if the public might get a couple viewing days during the season but it did not sound like Kiffin wants too many people at practices.
Kiffin is nuts. But it is his show.
This is only going to turn the heat up hotter.
I frankly don't care...being in NYC, I hardly care about access but those with an axe to grind are sure to spin the grind stone harder and faster.
No excuses now Lane!
If the team doesn't perform after getting his way then he is out.
Here are a few tweets from the masses...
@ParagonSC Why let the media in...they've been hostile to Kiffin for forever...— Helen of Troy (@Helen_of_Troy08) July 29, 2013
Arash is not Happy!
USC used to be the most open, media friendly program in college football. It has gotten progressively worse under Kiffin.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 29, 2013
Reporters want to be at practice to do their jobs properly and provide readers with the best info. Fascinated when those readers don't care.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 29, 2013
@Helen_of_Troy08 An understandable homer opinion after a 7-6 season. I'll stick the reporting credentials of the journalists on the beat.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 29, 2013
Except when the readers are tired of the constant negativity...just sayin'
Ryan is not happy either...
Bad for #USC fans: Less reporting, video, photos and analysis during the season. Less insight into the team.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) July 29, 2013
I think in the LA media market, closing practices is a mistake. #USC football is not the only game in town, or only school in town. Unique.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) July 29, 2013
Closed practices are exceptionally frustrating for media and they're annoying to fans because of that. But it's like Kiffin is the only one.— Reign of Troy (@ReignofTroy) July 29, 2013
Is Kiffin going to erect a fence that blocks view of Howard Jones from the McKay Center steps? Because if not, there's your spot, media.— Reign of Troy (@ReignofTroy) July 29, 2013
HA HA HA HA HA!
In the words of the GREAT Glenn Frey...