PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Anyone looking for news about injured UCLA football players will find the going a little tougher from now on, thanks to a change in policy about how the football program reports and comments on injuries.
UCLA, at the direction of coach Rick Neuheisel, will issue an injury report twice a week and Neuheisel will be the only program representative allowed to discuss any injury.
It is a significant departure from the past few seasons, when there had been no restrictions on media members who wished to discuss injuries with players or assistant coaches. That changed when the school issued a statement detailing the new policy during UCLA's 45-19 loss to Stanford.
The new policy is designed, in part, to prevent detailed injury information from making its way to opponents and comes following a week in which injuries became a big story when five prominent players -- Sheldon Price, Tony Dye, Alex Mascarenas, Dalton Hilliard and Anthony Barr -- missed all or parts of practice.
"We decided to amend and formalize our injury policy to streamline the injury reporting process," UCLA spokesman Nick Amzazzalorso said. "The new policy draws its principles from similar policies at FBS institutions as well as several professional sports leagues."
Here is the new policy:
This policy goes into effect on October 1st and will remain until the end of the 2011 season.
The UCLA sports information department shall announce injuries of note incurred during a football game either during or at the conclusion of said game.
Further, a preliminary injury report will be published and distributed at the head coach’s weekly press conference (usually on Monday). Coach Neuheisel will comment on the injuries contained therein and will not comment on injuries again until a final injury report for the week is distributed to the media on the last day of practice before a game day (usually Thursday), and only Coach Neuheisel will comment on the injuries.
-The injury report will indicate the student-athlete’s name, injury and status (i.e. Neuheisel, left knee, doubtful)
-Any player on the injury report will not be available for interviews
-Any player injured during a practice session will not be made available to the media
Assistant coaches and student-athletes will not be available to discuss injuries at any time.
Any media member violating this policy will receive a written warning with a copy to his/her editor advising them of said breach. Repeated violations may result in permanent credential revocation.