Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 9/19/12
LOS ANGELES --- While addressing the media at Wednesdays practice, USC head coach Lane Kiffin said that his team was back on track. The Trojans third year head coach then took a step back back into last week. He stepped off of his padded box and returned to practice. I gotta go, Kiffin said. His meeting with the media lasted all of 28 seconds. Kiffin apparently took exception to being asked about an injured players return to practice. After being asked about that players return, Kiffin responded I dont know. A few seconds later, he followed that answer with the aforementioned I gotta go. Last week, Kiffin and USC made national news after banning a local reporter from practice. The reporter reported kicker Andre Heidari underwent knee surgery and was scheduled to miss three weeks. During fall camp, USC proclaimed they would no longer discuss injuries. Media members were no longer allowed to report on injuries observed in practice or if players cannot participate in practice because of injuries." Heidari was injured during the Trojans season opening win against Hawaii. Athletic director Pat Haden and sports editors from three local newspapers met on a conference call which resulted in lifting the suspended reporters ban. The next day, Kiffin issued an apology. I apologize if that was taken the wrong way. We viewed it differently, said Kiffin last Thursday. Theres not necessarily a right or wrong. The editors and our people are going to try and get together so you people can do your job the best you can and also for us not (to compromise) a competitive advantage. I know its not exactly the best thing for you, but were also trying to protect our team, too. So far, USC has not announced any adjustments to the policy. The decision to not discuss injuries has become widespread through the conference. Last week Washington announced a similar policy to that of USC. Oregon, Stanford, Washington State, and UCLA are amongst Pac-12 teams that dont discuss injuries. No. 13 USC (2-1) will return to the Coliseum to face Cal at 3pm on Saturday.
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