Competition is intense in college football, particularly in the Pac-12 as of late, and apparently it has gotten to the point where Oregon opted to call the police to report the TV crew for the Pac-12 Network.
The crew was there to film the Ducks’ practice, but apparently it got to be a bit too much for the coaches’ liking, though a report CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd called the situation tame.
With the Pac-12 Network crews looking down on the practice field, an apparent “standoff” took place between Pac-12 on-air talents and security until the police were called.
“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,” the report read.
The good news is that any conflict was quickly difused.
So, apparently, the level of competition in college football has gotten to the point where instead of merely asking reporters to leave, the police have to get involved.
Granted, Oregon has a heated quarterback competition between graduate transfer Vernon Adams and junior Jeff Lockie, so coach Mark Helfrich probably doesn’t want anything on either man’s progress getting leaked, but calling the police? That’s overkill.
The long and short of it is that just like annoyingly noisy construction workers, TV reporters have a job to do. Though we may not like their presence, calling the police does little to nothing.
Thus, Helfrich should just let his team practice and get everyone, especially Adams and Lockie, ready for the team’s season opener against Eastern Washington on September 5, reporters’ presence be damned.
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