Don't watch our practice! The Oregon football team called the cops on a Pac-12 Network crew.
The Ducks have a reputation for being CIA-level secretive about everything from injuries to scheme, but this latest incident really stands out as ridiculous even for them.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported Saturday morning that Oregon called the cops on a Pac-12 Networks crew that was filming in Eugene last week.
Local police were called last week when a Pac-12 Network crew was able to glimpse portions of practice, two sources told CBS Sports. A conflict developed when a security guard approached analyst Curtis Conway about moving away from angle that allowed him to see the practice field.
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According to the sources, Conway and other Pac-12 on-air talent were merely ascending a stairway to a production truck. What was described as “a standoff” with Conway escalated until someone called the police. Multiple cars with multiple officers showed up minutes later, one source said.
The conflict was quickly diffused, however.
As Dodd points out, the Pac-12 Network is owned by the Pac-12, and it’s essentially the league’s promotion arm. The Pac-12 Network’s college football crew has making the rounds recently, visiting the league’s 12 football teams as part of its college football preview programming.
Also, per Dodd, Oregon did not host a single college coaching staff during spring practice. Unusual in a business where coaches are generally friendly with one another and most programs have no problem hosting their peers for a practice or two in the offseason.
Other news from around the league this morning:
— Mike Yam from the Pac-12 Network reviews the crew’s visit to Washington State this week.
— In her Pac-12 preview, SI.com’s Lindsay Schnell broaches the question of whether the Pac-12 might be college football’s new toughest conference. Schnell also predicts that Washington State coach Mike Leach might be on the hot seat if Wazzu can’t show marked improvement this season.
— UCLA suspends offensive line coach Adrian Klemm for two games as part of the Bruins’ self-investigation into alleged NCAA violations.
— UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talks about the culture shock that came with moving from Pennsylvania to Southern California.
— UW’s Chris Petersen said Friday that he apprised Baylor coach Art Briles on Sam Ukwuachu’s disciplinary record from the player’s time at Boise State. Briles’ statement contradicts that. So now, Baylor is launching an investigation into the football program’s handling of the case.
— Michael Weinrub profiles USC QB Cody Kessler for Grantland. (Do you think he looks like Jimmy Fallon? I say ‘nah.’)
— John Marshall of the Associated Press gets a behind-the-scenes look at Arizona State football practice.