No easy solutions in Pac-12 injury debate
Last week, at the half of a riveting game between Stanford and Washington, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made himself available to reporters inside the CenturyLink Field press box.
It took all of one question before the conversation steered to a hot-button topic in the league, as well as a few other conferences in the country. The gathered media wanted to know what Scott thought about the idea of a Pac-12 injury report, spurred by recent run-ins with, among others, his two young, passionate Los Angeles-based coaches.
USC's Lane Kiffin and UCLA's Jim Mora have made it clear, glaringly, that they will not stand for anyone -- even those on the athletic department payroll, in Mora's case -- compromising their team's efforts with too much information about injured players. Each coach has banned reporters from practice or (briefly) from covering the team. A similar situation is boiling at Oklahoma State, where Mike Gundy wasn't pleased last week that information about quarterback Wes Lunt's status was reported.
It's quite an impasse: fans wanting the info, reporters trying to do their jobs and coaches -- under immense pressure and scrutiny -- trying to win games. As he wades in, Scott acknowledges that it's a complicated matter, one with two distinct sides in a tug-of-war. While Scott's allegiance would seem to lean heavily toward the coaches, he did say he wants to play fair with the media.
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