Thursday, September 20, 2012
Lane Kiffin has 7-minute conference
By Pedro Moura ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Things were back to normal at USC football practice Thursday.
One day after he stormed out of his post-practice news conference when the first question he received was about a previously injured player, Lane Kiffin's media session went its traditional length.
He answered 12 questions in a peaceful news conference that lasted nearly seven minutes, discussing upcoming opponent Cal's near-win over Ohio State on Saturday, how to stay loose after an early-season upset loss and several other topics.
One day before, Kiffin cut his daily session short after roughly 30 seconds when a reporter asked if an injured player returning to practice helped make USC's offense look "crisp."
Kiffin immediately responded that he didn't know the answer, then stewed for a few seconds before saying he had to go and jogging back onto the practice field.
In late August, USC announced a new policy requesting that media members who attend practice "not report on strategy or injuries that are observed during the course of watching that practice or result from that practice."
Last week, a reporter was banned from practice for two weeks for reporting on an injury that occurred away from practice. The reporter was reinstated after two days.
Kiffin didn't address the media any further Wednesday but did make a previously scheduled appearance on the USC Coach's Show on 710-AM ESPN Radio in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Kiffin made the only reference to the previous day's events as he approached the media to begin his session.
"Let's see if we can make it past a minute today," he quipped.
No. 13 USC, which dropped from No. 2 in the nation following a loss to Stanford , hosts Cal on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.