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Jim Mora kicks media out of practice

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Good news, Lane Kiffin. You’re off the hook. We’re focusing across town at Jim Mora and UCLA, who is apparently doing everything he can to one-up Kiffin in every category possible.

Including media  relations. Whereas Kiffin will simply walk away if he’s unhappy with the media, Mora will make the media do the walking.

Multiple reports out of Los Angeles this morning say that Mora kicked the media out of practice after camera crews wandered into restricted areas and began setting up on the field. The Los Angeles Times also reports that even members of UCLA’s sports information department were kicked out (that has to be a first).

The Times implemented a new policy yesterday and does not attend practices for either UCLA or USC.

If camera crews really were in places they weren’t supposed to be, then giving them the boot is extreme, but understandable. But to kick everyone out? That’s an overreaction on Mora’s part based on the information given.

Following practice, Mora said the media was given the boot because of errors on the SID’s part. Media access to practice should resume on Thursday. also has a video of Mora’s post-practice comments HERE.

Regardless, something has to be done about this media relations debacle in L.A. because college football isn’t getting less exposure by the day. I’ll agree that media members need to work within the rules established by coaches at practice. That’s their office, so to speak, and their time to work. But this requires some compromise from coach’s side as well. Working with the media is not a coach’s primary job, but it is part of their job.

And, ultimately, beat writers are doing what they do for fans and readers like you.

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17 Responses to “Jim Mora kicks media out of practice”
  1. mydixienormus says: Sep 26, 2012 11:48 AM

    All LA guys are dicks!

  2. pacific123ocean says: Sep 26, 2012 11:49 AM

    It won’t be long now before both USC and UCLA follow Oregon’s lead and not allow media to attend practices.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 26, 2012 12:04 PM

    That Left Coast drama…ha.

    Seriously, it is the right of the coach to exclude the media, but when the media then writes things that could have been clarified by being at the practices, or even more likely, when the media prints things the coaches really don’t like, the coaches can fuss and fume, but they brought it on themselves.

    So much for good media relations. If poor media relations continue for these and other coaches, and their teams continue to function below expectations, the coaches may find themselves looking in the mirror at the school disappearing down the road.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Sep 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    @ Ben Kercheval

    Is there an official policy both schools put out as to how much access the mdeia is allowed at their practices or is it just up to the coaches to decide?

  5. dmvtransplant says: Sep 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    I meant media my bad

  6. lew24 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:47 PM

    I am a Ucla fan and they are lucky to have the media attend their practices!

    Start winning and then you can kick them out of the practices but until then…use them to get exposure for your team.

  7. exibitsman says: Sep 26, 2012 1:58 PM

    I didnt even no jimmy mora jr had a HC job
    Last time i saw him he was a analyst on NFLN.?

  8. timh1955 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:08 PM

    Two teams that are weak that think they are good and think they are in a good conference…which they aren’t.

  9. lew24 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:11 PM

    @ exibitsman

    That comment is the reason why the media needs to be at practice!

    LA is the entertainment capital of the world! With the Dodgers and Angels seasons ending and the Lakers season starting…the media has better things to do than to hang out in Westwood and get kick out of practices. Not to mention…the Stanley Cup champions…if there is a season.

    Ucla football…please remember who you are! This is not Oxford, Eugene, Gainesville or College Station…there are bigger and better shows in town!

  10. thepancreas says: Sep 26, 2012 2:23 PM

    The race for biggest douchetastic L.A college football coach….is off and running, Kiffin takes the early lead, but oh, here comes Mora on the outside…….and DOWN THE STRETCH THE COME!…”

  11. sabatimus says: Sep 26, 2012 3:05 PM

    How is it extreme to kick out media who were in places they shouldn’t be?

  12. pdcooper08 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:21 PM

    And how can you forget our beloved Clippers on that all everything LA list

  13. gopokes0714 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:40 PM

    The bigger question is why does the media feel entitled to be there? I understand they have a job to do but that is not the coaches problem or concern. Besides, doesn’t LA’s media have some celebrity to chase and harass.

    Today’s media has become indifferent to laws like trespassing and harassment, but don’t whine to the public and expect us to care. The members of the media chose their professions. If they feel their job is too hard, because these mean ol’ football coaches don’t offer up stories on a silver platter, they need a new profession.

    Ben, the bias with which you wrote this story is shameful. You intentionally wrote it from a point of view to sway the public opinion against Coach Mora. If you truly think Coach Mora over-reacted walk into a company’s headquarters like Apple, go into their R&D department and start setting up cameras. See what kind of treatment you get.

  14. vincentbojackson says: Sep 26, 2012 5:06 PM

    Mora was a member of the media not too long ago. Dude needs to suck it up.

  15. e8cardon says: Sep 26, 2012 5:47 PM

    “Beat writers are doing what they do for fans and readers like you”…wow, the bs is getting really deep…cut the sentimental crap, beat writers do what they do because they love being on the inside and getting press passes/special access and making money…This is the garbage that people buy about the media because they only get one side because if the coach gets too upset with them going over the line, the media vilifies the coach.

    I’m with gopokes0714, we see your sentimental garbage for what it is Ben, and I applaud Mora for kicking the media out. I honestly don’t need unfettered access to practices, the inside scoop. I wish every coach would kick your tails out of practice, the coaches obligation to the media should be press conferences before and after the game and that’s it. It’s stupid how the media interviews coaches during halftime about what they’ll continue to do or change…blah, blah, blah…and we get a lame, inane response from the coach because he doesn’t want to tell you anything. I personally think you all go to far, I don’t need a day by day assessment of a players groin or his tiff with an assistant coach…I wonder if this is sports journalism or tabloid…cough…journalism at times.

  16. dmcgrann says: Sep 26, 2012 11:53 PM

    I agree with Ben Kercheval and disagree with a lot of what some of you folks have said.

    Why do NFL teams report injuries to the degree that they do? It certainly isn’t because they want to, but it’s a way of keeping the (often illegal) gamblers in check. Folks like Lane Kiffen who want to “hide” injuries and potential “performance problems” to keep that information from reaching next week’s opponents are playing a fool’s game. The junior assistant to the assistant waterboy could be feeding info to the gamblers, and if that comes out, the program’s screwed.

    These coaches should be pushing for MORE transparency, not less. Otherwise, they’re leaving a big old chunk o’ butt out there to get bitten on.

  17. bearflagfan says: Sep 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    Sorry media, but 2012 isn’t 1978, 1996 or even 2006. The Pete Carroll good-times party practices are over (which is supposedly how the pseudo-agents first got in touch with Reggie Bush, btw.) Its time for Conferences to cover for their schools and close all except designated practices in all sports.

    Just 6 years ago it took a video camera, a PC, a hardline internet connection, an FTP transfer and hours of work to videotape, edit, compress, upload, then download and play video of a scrimmage. Twitter didn’t exist, Facebook was still on Harvard’s campus, and YouTube videos were grainy limited to 30 seconds.

    Today any smartphone can make an HD video and send it via a wireless connection after every play to an individual or uploaded to YouTube or similar sites. The presence or absence of a key player can be tweeted. Facebook pages can be gleaned for information. Open practices just encourages this abuse.

    Close them up and stop making coaches look bad .

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