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SBD/September 13, 2012/Media
USC Lifts Ban On L.A. Daily News Reporter Who Had Revealed Injury To Kicker
Published September 13, 2012
HUSHED HUSKIES: In Seattle, Bud Withers reported the Univ. of Washington yesterday "announced it was implementing the same policy" as USC regarding practice injury reports. The general standard had been for reporters "not to write about strategy maneuvers ... but that injury news is fair game." Withers: "Obviously, there's a massive gray area here. Coaches can't reasonably expect reporters not to write about injuries when they've kept a player from appearing in a game. So when it is OK? ... I think the policy is an entree for coaches to do what many of them are doing already: Closing practices to the media altogether" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 9/12). A UW spokesperson said that the injury policy "is the same at USC, Stanford, Oregon and Washington State." It also is known that UCLA coach Jim Mora "does not disclose injuries on his team" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/13).