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USC football practices once again open to media


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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16 Responses to “USC football practices once again open to media”
  1. thegamecocker says: Oct 1, 2013 7:19 PM

    Ed: you can run….but you cannot hide. You can blame this entire mess on Paul Dee, hopefully living in HELL somewhere. Coach Carroll would still be dominating the football scene if not for the cruel hand of the HYPOCRITE. Dee allowed much of transgressions to go on at Miami….better know as “THUG YOU”…..

  2. thekatman says: Oct 1, 2013 8:18 PM

    So gameCOCKer…. what’s your point?

  3. Anoesis says: Oct 1, 2013 10:38 PM

    Sometimes it’s hard to believe Kiffin worked under Carroll at all since he didn’t seem to learn much. One of the reasons USC got a near-death penalty from the NCAA over Reggie Bush’s association with an agent is that many other programs were butt-hurt that Carroll’s teams seem to have such a good time. Practices were open, something not done at other schools. Being in L.A., Carroll allowed celebrities to attend practices and games. Other programs cried foul, saying this was an unfair recruiting tool. Several college presidents encouraged the NCAA to drop the hammer on USC.

    Orgeron’s on the right track. College football shouldn’t be as serious as the NFL. Sure, guys are looking to move on to the pros, but they’re still kids and the game shouldn’t be drop-dead serious. Orgeron’s return to Carroll’s ideas of being open with information is a positive step forward out of the failure that was Lane Kiffin.

    I think players respond to the attitude of “Yeah, go ahead and watch us as much as you want. We have nothing to hide. You might think being able to watch our practices gives you an advantage, but come Saturday we’re still going to whip your butts.” I’d like to see the next head coach continue what was once a hallmark of the program.

  4. Anoesis says: Oct 1, 2013 10:46 PM


    Not sure if I should ask what you had to drink before you posted…

    Carroll was always going back to the NFL. He just waited until the right situation came along. In the suspicious eyes of the NCAA (and the multitudes of anti-USC fans) it looked like convenient timing that he left for Seattle just as the Reggie Bush scandal was breaking, even though it’s doubtful Carroll had any more clue than anyone else about what Bush was doing 150 miles from campus.

    I believe Orgeron is a very different coach than the guy he was a dozen years ago at Miami. I think he’s learned a lot from that experience and the time he spent at Ole Miss. The rest of this season will tell if I’m right or not.

  5. stoptrippn says: Oct 1, 2013 10:58 PM

    Carroll ruined the dreams of some USC players. Ask some of them

  6. soundsofsuccess7 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:04 PM

    I love Orgeron and hope he is the long term guy but I think Lane’s “no injury reports” are a good way to go. No reason to disclose stuff like that.

    Also I hope Scott Wolf is banned from practices because that guy is a real life internet troll.

  7. jkaflagg says: Oct 2, 2013 12:45 AM

    Orgeron’s an interesting guy, and it worth noting that he didn’t incur any penalties when recruiting some good players at Ole Miss (just had trouble with game day coaching)…..Would like to see him get another chance, but don’t think that SC would have the guts to take a chance on him…..

  8. tnazvol says: Oct 2, 2013 1:05 PM

    Ya’ll are going to need a translator for Orgeron’s press conferences……

  9. thegamecocker says: Oct 2, 2013 1:16 PM


    My point is if not for Paul Dee, Southern Cal would not be in the deplorable condition it finds itself in from the standpoint of scholarship losses! But I guess being a “KATMAN”, that was too difficult for you to comprehend.


    Why would he have entertained going back to the NFL when he could have continued contending for National Championship’s? He became disenchanted with the entire mess and THAN decided he’d had enough and left! If he was still there, I doubt the SEC would have won 7 NC’s in a row. If you recall, Southern Cal went into Auburn and put a country whipping on those War Eagle A-HOLES! And I’m an SEC fan saying that.

  10. thekatman says: Oct 2, 2013 1:35 PM

    Cockman, now that you have splained yourself, as I am not a mind reader, I agree.

  11. thegamecocker says: Oct 2, 2013 1:53 PM


    Well Katman….I must shoulder part of the blame. The reason I say that is because my Wife tells me the same thing when we argue…..”I am NOT A MIND READER………and she finishes that off by referring to me as “A-HOLE”……so it must be me!! But the folks at MIAMI, better known as “THUG U” have it even worse than USCw b/c they STILL don’t know what their penalty will be and continue to suffer! Although this year, they are off to a good start. But Donna Shalaylalala is a BEAST of a woman…..I’d put them on probation just because of her and her BIG MOUTH!!! She’s a silly BEECH if ever there was one…..I gotta get back to making $$$$. Glad we agree though….

  12. thekatman says: Oct 2, 2013 3:34 PM

    @thegamecocker: Since you have followed the Paul Dee criminal activity against USC and now the Miami case, you know that ex USC Running Backs coach, Todd Mcnair, is in full blown litigation against the NCAA. Last November the LA Circiut judge on the case reviewed all the material presented by McNair and the NCAA and determine the NCAA, the COI led by Paul Dee, acted in a malicious and illegal manner. They lied to the court by proposing the data they used to sanction USC was true, when in fact the data was made up.

    Not sure if you remember, but the COI changed their assessment of the USC case about 2 days after publishing the original penalty, which wasn’t nearly as harsh as it turned out.

    Looking forward to seeing the McNair case come to fruition.

  13. rcali says: Oct 2, 2013 4:13 PM

    The air seems much less stuffier since Kiffin left. That dude really loved mirrors.

  14. thegamecocker says: Oct 2, 2013 4:15 PM


    No, I did not know any of this but it surely is welcome news! It is too bad that AD Haden did not get more relief from the sanctions imposed. It is a travesty despite the lesser penalties imposed after the disclosure of the COI improprieties. Beside my alam mater, U. of South Carolina and Rutgers, my two favorite college teams were the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the USC Trojans. Loved Student Body Left and Right…..back in the ’60’s and 70’s those USC teams were great to watch. Great character coaches, players, and fans! Then came Miami and the inner city crap that came along with it……THE “U”. No character; no class; just THUGS! and the irony is, no one attends their games!!!!

  15. thekatman says: Oct 2, 2013 4:35 PM


    BTW: my first university was Carolina aka USCe, 1973-1974 school years, and was a music major. I lived in Columbia, SC until 1978 before moving to Los Angeles in 1978.

    I played bass guitar in a couple of rock bands in Cola 1973-1978, Carnaby Square, Silver Penny and Southern Flyer.

    So, I started my college years at Carolina (USCe) and finished at USC in 1982.

    You might find this interesting….

    Judge says NCAA ‘malicious’ in USC investigation

    By ANTHONY McCARTNEY Associated Press
    Posted: 11/21/2012 03:01:37 PM PST | Updated: 10 months ago

    LOS ANGELES—The NCAA was “malicious” in its investigation of a former Southern California assistant football coach who was linked in a report to a scandal surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush, a judge said Wednesday.
    The NCAA’s report on ethical breaches by Todd McNair was flawed, and the former coach has shown a probability he can win his defamation claims, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller said.

    The NCAA had sought to have the case dismissed, but Shaller disagreed. He said after reviewing sealed documents in the McNair inquiry, which was tied to a gift scandal involving Heisman Trophy-winner Reggie Bush, he was convinced that the actions of NCAA investigators were “over the top.”

    His 10-page ruling states emails between an investigative committee member, an NCAA worker and a person who works in the agency’s appeals division “tend to show ill will or hatred” toward McNair.

    “We are disappointed with the decision and plan to appeal,” the NCAA said in a statement.

    McNair sued the NCAA in June 2011, claiming the association’s investigation was one-sided and his future earnings were hurt by its report on the scandal, which led to sanctions against USC. The NCAA determined McNair lied about knowing about some of the gifts lavished on Bush’s family by two aspiring sports marketers who hoped to land the future NFL player as a client.

    The NCAA imposed a two-year bowl ban and scholarship restrictions on USC last year as a result of the Bush case. McNair was prohibited from contacting recruits and his USC contract was not renewed.

    Shaller said he would unseal the entire inquiry into McNair, but would hold off on release of the records for a month to allow an appeal. “I think the public has a right to know,” he said.

    McNair’s attorney Bruce Broillet declined comment, citing the sealing order in the case. He said during the hearing that the records showed the agency knew it was relying on false statements about McNair’s conduct and wanted to “nail” the coach, who also played in the NFL.

    “They wrote evidence the way they wanted it to be—that’s malice,” Broillet said.

    Laura Wytsma, an attorney for the NCAA rejected that contention in court, saying the evidence in the case show the committee that investigated McNair was trying to get its report right.

    “They were struggling to get the right result,” she said, adding that several members of the investigative committee were prominent lawyers and legal scholars.

    She also argued that records in the case should not be unsealed, saying it would hurt future investigations. The NCAA does not have subpoena power, she said.


    Anthony McCartney can be reached at

  16. scbaby2013 says: Oct 5, 2013 6:23 PM

    The whole thing makes me sick….I hope Miami gets punished as much or worse than usc. Fight on men of Troy!!!!

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