One of the hallmarks of USC football over the years has been its openness with the media and fans.
The school’s standard operating procedure for decades was to give reporters access to watch the team practice. This was in sharp contrast to policy at most major schools until this current season, when now-former-coach Lane Kiffin decided to close them down.
But with Kiffin cut loose and interim coach Ed Orgeron at the helm, practices are once again open.
“USC’s practices under interim head coach Ed Orgeron are open to local and national media,” the school announced in an e-mail on Tuesday, the day of the first practice under its new coach.
It’s all part of an effort by Orgeron to make the atmosphere around the football program a bit more loosie-goosie. Kiffin’s media ban and his general public demeanor betrayed a sense of uptightness that spilled over to how the team played on Saturday. Orgeron is trying to turn that around.
“I want our guys to believe and have a little fun,” Orgeron said this past Sunday when his interim status was announced.
Orgeron is also allowing the reporting of injury information, something also prohibited by Kiffin.
The Trojans are in a bye week now and will play Arizona at the Coliseum on Thursday, Oct. 10.
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