Former USC assistant coach files lawsuit in LA

Former Southern California assistant coach Todd McNair has sued

the NCAA, accusing the collegiate governing body of libel, slander

and misconduct in its investigation of the Reggie Bush case.

McNair is seeking unspecified damages from the NCAA in the

lawsuit that was filed Friday. Attorney Bruce Broillet did not

immediately return telephone messages Monday.

McNair was punished for what the NCAA claimed was his role in

the scandal surrounding the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback. The

NCAA claimed he knew about some of the gifts lavished on Bush’s

family by two aspiring sports marketers hoping to land Bush as a

client.

The NCAA imposed a two-year bowl ban and scholarship

restrictions on USC last year as a result of the Bush case. McNair

was prohibited from contacting recruits and his USC contract was

not renewed.

McNair’s lawsuit claims the NCAA’s investigation was one-sided

and that he wasn’t allowed to cross-examine witnesses. It asks the

judge to strike down the NCAA rules that the organization used in

ruling against McNair.

The lawsuit also claims that McNair’s future economic

opportunities were interfered with and that his career as a college

football coach was damaged.

The NCAA released a statement Monday afternoon saying officials

hadn’t yet been served with the lawsuit.

”Nonetheless, we are confident actions by the NCAA enforcement

staff and Committees were proper and we’ll vigorously defend that

position in court,” the NCAA said in the statement.

The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the lawsuit.