September 13th, 2013 11:02 AM║ Posted By: Mike Mitchell ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Ron Morris, South Carolina, Steve Spurrier, USC
The embargo is lifted but will the hatchet be buried? South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and Ron Morris, a columnist for The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina have a well-documented feud. Spurrier once refused to answer questions with Morris in the room.
This week, the blog JimRomensko.com reported that Morris had been banned from writing about Gamecocks football. That report got picked up by media outlets around the country and now the newspaper has issued a clarification. A memo went out to staff and Deadspin got a copy of it. Here’s part of what it said.
“Please know this today: Ron Morris and other columnists at The State are free to pursue topics and stories as guided by their curiosity, their news judgment, their obligation to readers and our standards for quality journalism. No subject or individual is off limits for examination…
“Moving forward, all topics — including USC football — are in play. As always, this is a newspaper committed to accuracy, fairness and holding accountable the news makers and institutions that serve our community and our state.”
There you have it – “all topics — including USC football — are in play.” Should be interesting when the columnist decides to aim his keyboard in the direction of Spurrier. And Spurrier’s reaction, as usual, is almost guaranteed to generate even more stories on the topic.
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