Kiffin will close the doors

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USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday that USC practices will no longer be open to the media...

USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday practices this season will be closed to the media after the conclusion of the Trojans' fall camp.

"It really just came down to being the best decision for our team," Kiffin said.

Kiffin acknowledged this will no doubt be a change to the USC football culture, which allowed fans and media full access during the Pete Carroll era, but emphasized that the vast majority of both college and professional programs across the country have long had their practices closed.

Kiffin cited the controversies surrounding media coverage of the Trojans' practices during the 2012 season as well as competitive advantage as reasons to close the workouts.

Media will still have access to post-practice interviews with Kiffin and players.

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