Smith said that certain proprietary portions of practice sessions as well as some non-issues were reported as news items, that irked him a great deal.
"It's our belief it's a privlege; kind of the same way as playing the game, ...to be reporting it, to be coming out to practice. We don't have to let that happen. We would like for it to happen, we want to be a part of it, but at the same point, we don't want it to be to a point where it jeopardizes the things that we're doing.
We understand it's [the media's] job to go ahead and report the news, just make sure [that] it is news, [and that] it is the type of stuff during the week that is OK to report. Because if it's going hurt us, then gosh, we're not going to let you out there."
When asked if there was something specific that got out on the Internet, Smith confirmed that.
"There was [something specific that got out on the internet] but I don't want to get into that. If it's something for your column and we've OK'd it and you've talked to the kids about it, that's a totally different deal, but something that takes place on the field like 'Coach Smith got into a yelling match with so-and-so,' that's baloney. You shouldn't even report that crap. That kind of bothers me."
Smith said that unless the media reigned themselves in that he would continue to shut off the 30 minutes of media access. He said it's getting tough to trust the media to do the right thing.
"In the past it seemed like the peopel who covered us were very sympathic to our task as well. That would ask, 'Coach is this OK?' and we could say 'No, that's not for print or this isn't for report' and they would go ahead and report on the other things and there was always that good relationship and I don't know if that exist anymore."
Smith further said he feels that the era of the internet has caused a rush to be first to attract more viewers. "To some people, there's no such thing as off the record."
The bottom line to Smith: "I'm just trying to make a statement that 'Hey, if you guys are allowed out [to practice] you don't need to go putting everything on the Internet. Let's be realistic about this. Reporting is one thing, just reporting scuttlebutt is another thing."
SpartansInsider.com agrees with Coach Smith and makes it a policy never to disclose proprietary portions of any practice or to report non-news.