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
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
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.