Update: It's now OK for Ron Morris to write about South Carolina football, according to Jim Romenesko.
One thing is clear: Henry Haitz III, left, publisher of the McClatchy-owned The State in Columbia, S.C., is unfit to hold any position in the newspaper business.
In a blow to journalism, Haitz banned sports columnist Ron Morris, middle, from covering South Carolina football, according to a spectacular piece on Jim Romenesko's site.
Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier, right, had called the columnist a "negative guy" after disagreeing with some of Morris' writings. In 2011, Spurrier refused to talk with reporters while Morris was in the room.
Morris, from that point forward, was reportedly told by his bosses to not ask questions of Spurrier.
But Spurrier's feelings of insecurity continued. Last September, the coach believed Morris was planting questions with other reporters and said, "I don't need any questions today," before leaving.
That led to Haitz's involvement. He wanted Morris fired, but executive editor Mark Lett stepped in and kept the columnist on staff with restrictions, including having Morris' column ideas approved by Lett.