Notre Dame just issued a media policy for football practice that could have been dictated by Vlad Putin, or maybe the head of NBC.

The good news is Irish went 4-8 last year and most people didn’t even want to see their games, let alone their practices.

The paranoia of football coaches is legendary, and social media has made the control of information difficult, if not impossible, yet no responsible news organization should accept the terms that Notre Dame just handed out.

As a former president of the Football Writers Assn. of America, I do NOT approve this message.

Funny thing is Notre Dame used to be one of the most open, honest programs in the country. It relished its role as “America’s Team” and had an open-door policy with its coaches and players. Lou Holtz used to host media parties the night before games.

Of course, this was back in the day when Notre Dame won national titles. The Irish sports information staff courted the national media and made you feel important when you came to South Bend.

The school used to hand out, yes, the phone numbers of Notre Dame players, to beat writers. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.