Mr Mnuchin wrote:
Except he micromanages clearance to athletes. At Stanford and Oregon, writers could never speak to coaches or athletes without clearance. USATF under Vinny will probably roadblock writers, and opt for their own interns to produce content and email content to the press. The Pentagon has done same since the late 1970's.
These are generally the policy of the whole athletic department's media relations team. It was certainly the policy at Stanford during Vin's era that media requests were submitted to media relations, not at the team or individual athlete level. For the record, I was never fast enough to have anybody reaching out to me personally.