Daily News reporter Scott Wolf has been banned from USC Trojans football practice and denied a game credential for reporting injuries. Wolf will be kept out of USC practice for two weeks and will not be issued a credential for USC's Sept. 22 game against California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The university initiated a policy for the 2012 season that forbids news media from reporting any strategy or injuries they observe in practice. However, Wolf's report mentioned nothing of practice and only spoke of Andre Heidari's surgery to repair a torn meniscus and two players that were observed to be injured following USC's game against Syracuse on Saturday.
The Daily News stands by Wolf's reporting, and does not feel that his actions were in the wrong. Wolf's sports editor, Gene Warnick, spoke about USC's actions to the Times:
"From our standpoint, Scott was doing his job," Warnick said. "This wasn't something that was part of practice. We were just trying to report the news."
The Trojans hit the road to face Stanford on Saturday, with Wolf likely to be in the Palo Alto press box.