USC Morning Buzz

Lane Kiffin’s decision to close practices is disturbing for one reason. The idea that Kiffin learned from last year and would focus on the important stuff, to paraphrase Pat Haden, took a big step backwards.
With this decision, he crawled back into his paranoia-bubble. That matters because if he acts paranoid, it can have a negative effect on players. If you observed their reactions last year to his media-practice restrictions, you would know it affects the respect they have for him in other areas.
This also reveals the efforts to makeover Kiffin’s image as media friendly only go so far. I know some readers will automatically assume I am writing this because I an upset with Kiffin’s decision. But I stopped attending practices last season along with the Times and Register and was not going to start attending this year. So yesterday’s announcement does not affect me.
It affects USC’s image, however. And it will give players, who like the media attention, another reason to grumble about Kiffin.

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  • SCFTBL1

    Kiffin is the image for USC foolball and it must end soon..

  • Ken Hart

    Scott, you are such a dip stick! You are worried bout Kiffin’s image but apparently not your own. Do you have any idea how people view you?

    • L’Angelo Misterioso

      Nice pic Ken, did you use a whole can of spray on to get that ” tan ” ?

      • gotroy22

        Ken is typical of the Sunshine Pumpers who think it is a reporters duty to be liked instead of reporting the unvarnished news.

      • Stu Azole

        LOL. That can’t be a real picture, can it?

  • WEB_Dupree

    I’ve been under the impression that practices are closed at most schools, and that Pete Carroll’s “come one, come all” open policy was unusual. Is that not true?

    • gotroy22

      Apparently not at UCLA.

  • trojan4life

    Kiffin’s decision is a positive one as it will help players keep focused and will take away unnecessary distractions. There is no paranoia and players will be affected positively since closed practices are the norm in most major programs. I doubt players chose USC because media would be present at practices. Scott you are a moron!

  • reknigh

    Can it Scott bashers and kitten lovers! Scott is doing a great job pointing out the realities of USC’s athletic programs. Those with their heads in the sand with cardinal colored glasses love lame kitten and pat c haden.

  • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

    Scott Wolf is such a goober

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    wolfman, you are wise!!

    rising above the childish antics of Kiff and co…LOVE the boycott of practice after Kiff tried to ban you last year!!!

    whattta GREAT way to show Kiff no one is dying to cover the practices of a middle-of-the-pack football team!!

    • CardinalnGold

      says the troll who obsesses over every post about that middle-of-the-pack football team.

  • Chad Parker

    Wolfie is pathetic. Truly pathetic. Cry me a f’ing river. Everyone knows this is a GOOD thing. The media circus around USC creates egos for these kids. Lane could win the Pac-12, Rose Bowl and coach of the year and Wolfie would still be mad over a policy that USC put in place, not Lane Kiffin. Follow the policy or suffer the consequences, you’re no different Scotty.

    “You haven’t covered Alabama football if you haven’t gotten yelled at by Nick Saban”.

  • L’Angelo Misterioso

    Kiffin = Nixon

    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you’re always afraid
    You step out of line, the man come and take you away

    • rusoviet

      Man “For What It’s Worth” – heavy.

      Hey I got another ‘equalizer’ ‘Guillermo Klintonska = Richard Ramirez or Obamaska = Carter …. Hillary = (end of the world).

      • L’Angelo Misterioso

        And still no proof that Brian Jones played a sitar on an album before George Harrison. But you claim about Hillary is correct, if Obummer doesn’t get us there first.

        • rusoviet

          Look lunchbag – you’re the one who chose to mock Nixon and you haven’t a clue as to what Ms. Klintonska is ‘La Bruja Del Mundo!’

          Play it Elliot! With Daddy’s Money

          Oh yeah almost forgot ‘All You Need Is Love…” (sound of vomiting) … I’ll go with “Salt Of The Earth”

          • L’Angelo Misterioso

            Salt of the Earth is a better song, no question, but you talked out of your azz about Brian Jones and you know it, at least I think you now it.

    • gotroy22

      For what it’s worth- the man = Pat Haden.

      • L’Angelo Misterioso

        Well, we can only hope so.

  • Helen

    Scottie: why attend practices and do research on USC football when you can sit on the sofa, eat chalupas and surf the Internet for rumors to report on. I’m behind you 100 percent.

    • Joe Blow

      I’ll BET you’re behind him.

  • B.Miller

    Now I have read it all.. Wolf are you blaming the Media restrictions for the USC players circumstances last year? Did you just accuse Kiffin of being paranoid because he decided to have closed practices? what does that have to do with being paranoid? Paranoid of what?

    I get you have a problem with Kiffin, and many USC fans do, but do you sit around just making sh*t up?

    • gotroy22

      You don’t think Kiffin is paranoid?

      • Joe Blow

        I think YOU are.

        • gotroy22

          You don’t think closed practices just benefit the insiders who know who is injured and can bet appropriately?

          • B.Miller

            What does keeping injuries and practices private have to do with paranoia?

          • Joe Blow

            Sorry you are NOT an insider. Play your cards right, and I might just give you some info this year.

      • B.Miller

        paranoid about what? About his job? What is there to be paranoid about?

  • Joe Blow

    He got rid of
    a h o l e s like scott

  • CardinalnGold

    Scott making mountains out of mole hills again. Maybe he closed practices so that he COULD “focus on the important stuff”. Seems to me like a good way to rid yourself of unnecessary distractions. Closed practices seem to work well for all of those SEC schools. I’m not a fan of Kiffin but I don’t mind this move. He’s no Pete Caroll but at least he’s staying true to who he is.