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USC’s Wednesday practice was pretty uneventful, save for the fact that LA beat writers are now standing outside of Howard Jones instead of watching from the inside, so as to retain the integrity of their reporting. Currently, there are many questions swirling around what they can and cannot report while at practice, but if they report what they see from outside the field, they are outside of USC’s restrictions. Player interviews will continue, according to Michael Lev of the OC Register, but there will no longer be reports on the action. Additionally, the LATimes has decided to stop attending USC and UCLA practices. Once the practice policies change, these mini boycotts will likely end.
So there’s that.
Anyway, here’s what happened at practice:
Kiffin started with a joke, saying how much he likes his SID Tim Tessalone, a nod to UCLA Coach Jim Mora calling his own SID “incompetent.”
He spoke about how he wants his team to have the identity they showed last week. Being physical and playing tough, for the rest of the season.
Many journalists asked questions about DE Morgan Breslin today, as he has been phenomenal through four games but also “politely declined to ever give an interview,” according to USC’s SID. Kiffin said the defensive end doesn’t have a personality, save for saying “Fight On”. He doesn’t talk to media or at rallies and functions either. Coach Orgeron likes it that way, however. It did come out that Breslin does have a girlfriend, which Kiff considered a good thing.
Kiffin praised Breslin for his performance against Cal. He played every snap, made the first play of the game and got the sack on the last play.
Kiffin said he has been pleasantly surprised by the defensive line and he hopes to get DE J.R. Tavai back soon.
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