Oregon Football Calls Police on Pac-12 Network TV Crew for Watching Practice

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2015

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 11:  The Oregon Ducks huddle during a timeout in the game with the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on October 11, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  Oregon won 42-30.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Police were reportedly called to an Oregon football practice last week after a Pac-12 Network television crew gained access to sight lines of a closed practice field.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reports authorities were summoned after analyst Curtis Conway and other members of the staff were making their way to a production truck. A "standoff" occurred after a security guard asked them to move until police arrived to diffuse the tension.

The report notes the Pac-12 Network is owned by the conference, which makes the situation even more curious. Neither side has commented on the matter.

Of course, Oregon is known for its fast-paced playing style that features numerous different wrinkles to keep opponents off balance. It doesn't come as much surprise the coaching staff goes to additional lengths to ensure outsiders aren't allowed to get an early glimpse at those plans.

It's hard to imagine members of the Pac-12 Network would lead to such a stir, though. The Ducks must be working on something special to become paranoid enough to believe a television crew could pass around key inside information to other teams from a brief look at practice.

Perhaps everybody else will get to see what special gadgets Oregon was working on when it opens the 2015 campaign against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.