In another move that is sure to ruffle the feathers of the LA media scene, Lane Kiffin announced on Monday that football practices will be closed to both the public and the media this fall.
Lane Kiffin said that, starting this fall, USC practices will be closed. No media allowed in. Post-practice access remains
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) July 29, 2013
Kiffin said that the media will still have access to fall camp and that a small number of fans will be able to view practices from the deck at Dedeaux Field, much like they did during spring ball. Once game week arrives however, the media will only have access to the coaches and players once practice is over.
Though this decision may seem questionable and even petty to some, ESPNLA’s Arash Markazi maintains that Kiffin has been wanting to close practices for the past three seasons.
Under Pete Carroll, USC had one of the most open, media-friendly atmospheres in all of college football. Since the sanctions and the Lane Kiffin era though, things have become increasingly more secretive and restrictive.
With USC closing its doors to the media this fall, that leaves on Cal and Oregon State as Pac-12 teams that still grant media access to practice.