Paranoia about team plays and secrets is not limited to SEC schools like Alabama and Tennessee. According to a report by CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd, Oregon may have taken things to a new level. Dodd reports that Oregon called local police on a Pac-12 Network television crew that was able to view portions of a practice 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.
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.
With the loss of Marcus Mariota, Oregon will definitely look a bit different this year, and it is understandable that Mark Helfrich may want to keep some things, like the quarterback race between Vernon Adams and Jeff Lockie, close to the vest. Calling police on people from Pac-12 Network, a network owned by the conference that promotes member schools like Oregon, is definitely a step too far.