Chip on injury reports: 'I don't think anybody needs to tell us what to do'

Chip on injury reports: 'I don't think anybody needs to tell us what to do'

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon head coach Chip Kelly finds the whole issue of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott looking into mandating a conference wide injury report policy to be "silly."

Coach Kelly was asked on Tuesday what he would like Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens to tell the commissioner when the conference's A.D.'s meet in October.

"I think the whole issue is silly," said Kelly. "If you want to talk about (injuries) then talk about them. If you don't want to talk about them, then don't talk about them. I don't think coaches should ever mandate to reporters what they should write or shouldn't write."

USC banned a reporter from its practices last week after that reporter disclosed an injury to Trojan kicker Andre Heidari. Also, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian announced on Wednesday that he and his players would no longer discuss injuries, citing a competitive disadvantage.

That's the same policy instituted by Kelly when he took over as head coach at Oregon in 2009.

Commissioner Scott said Saturday that he would broach the subject of a conference wide injury report during a meeting with the Pac-12 athletic directors next month. Kelly didn't seem too thrilled about the idea of the conference creating such a policy.  

"I don't think anybody needs to tell us what to do," said Kelly. "If a coach needs somebody to tell him what to do then he's got a lot more issues. I'm worried about Arizona."