At this morning’s UCLA football practice, camera crews for ESPN and KTLA are said to have foolishly tried to set up shop in a restricted field area. As a result, coach Jim Mora sent them, the rest of the press corps and members of the school’s sports information department packing for the day.
Go Joe Bruin blogger Carlos Sandoval speculates that this action is directly responsible for a subsequent LA Times tweet announcement that the paper will no longer cover UCLA and USC football practices. And he, for one, is thrilled:
T.J. Simers has constantly bashed UCLA for seemingly no reason other than having an ax to grind while Chris Foster, though more moderate, has been an absolute douche while covering the team. Both act as if covering UCLA football is a labor, so I’m personally glad that they’re willfully leaving. It’s for the best, because they blow.
Of course, people nationally will chastise Mora for throwing out the media, but this is less a result of the media reporting certain things than it is frustration with those camera crews setting up where they know they shouldn’t while the sports information department employees allowed it.
We don’t believe it’s ever appropriate to call another sports reporter the D-word. Divas – as Sandoval does in his first paragraph – maybe. But let’s try to keep it civil, shall we?
Update – 09/27/12: Via Twitter, Sandoval stood by his comments:
Previously on FishbowlLA:
U-T San Diego Sports Columnist Sets T.J. Simers Straight
USC Bans Reporter from Trojans Game, Practices*