Romenesko reportsThe State's executive editor sent a memo to the newspaper's staff outlining the situation with Morris.
"Mark Lett, executive editor of McClatchy's The State in Columbia SC, tells his staff that 'no subject or individual is off limits for examination' by sports columnist Ron Morris and other columnists at the paper," writes Romenesko.
"The editor says Morris was 'asked …to focus first on coverage other than the USC football program.' That's not quite right; Morris was ordered by publisher Henry Haitz III to sign a document pledging that he would never again write about University of South Carolina football — or talk about the program on radio and TV shows. My sources say Morris was told he'd be fired if he did.
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