If you thought the John L. Smith press conference was bizarre, you haven't seen anything yet. Well, maybe the Arkansas coach did have the weirder introduction, but he wasn't the only college coach making the news this week.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin has instilled a policy that neither he nor the coaching staff will talk about injuries that occur to his players. He does not care if you see a hobbling receiver on the practice field, a banged-up kicker or a starting center that may possibly miss another game on the schedule.
You keep all of that information to yourself. Don't ask the head coach about any injuries to his players. That has been made clear from day one of the offseason. Don’t do it!
Don't believe me? Kiffin went as far as to try to ban an L.A. Daily News reporter from practices because he wrote about an injured Andre Heidari (via the Los Angeles Times).
So with everything that Kiffin has been dealing with when it comes to reporters, you just knew he was going to blow a gasket if he was asked about another injury to one of his players.
As you see in the video, the muted part is a reporter asking a question about an injured player. Yes, the very first question of the press conference was about something that has stirred up so much controversy all offseason.
But aren't there better ways to handling this situation instead of just leaving? You could go the "Next Question" route like Drew Rosenhaus did. You could kindly remind the few reporters that haven't received the memo by now that there is a no injury discussion policy.
But instead, Kiffin storms off like a child that no longer wants to share his toys with the rest of the children.
Where did he go? Did he have an emergency? Did he forget to DVR the upcoming episode of X Factor? Could he have possibly forgotten to shut the garage door before leaving for practice this afternoon?
The possibilities are endless, but one thing is for sure: Things certainly don't change when it comes to the USC head coach.
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