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Todd McNair out as USC's RB coach

One of the central figures in the NCAA’s investigation into the USC football program is no longer a member of Lane Kiffin‘s coaching staff, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Running backs coach Todd McNair was neither fired nor did he resign.  Rather, as Kiffin put it in a statement to the Times, “McNair’s contract expired on June 30, 2010.”

As did McNair’s tenure as a USC assistant, apparently.

Kiffin added that there would be no further comment on the situation.

In their final report on the investigation into the football program, the NCAA concluded that McNair had knowledge of Reggie Bush‘s dealings with two would-be marketing agents, who the NCAA found had given the former Trojan RB upwards of $300,000 in illegal benefits.  McNair has already appealed those findings, although his job security at the school bearing the brunt of the sanctions may have been foretold when Kiffin refused to comment on the coach’s status.

In a way, though, this could end up being a very shrewd move by Kiffin and the school, whether it was planned this way or not.  

Regardless of whether USC truly believes McNair had no knowledge of Bush’s side dealings is immaterial; a member of their staff was fingered by the NCAA as knowingly looking the other way while illegal activities were taking place, and that staff member is no longer an employee of the institution. USC’s actions — or, in this case, lack of action in not renewing McNair’s contract — could be viewed as a vehicle to curry favor and garner some leniency from the NCAA when their appeal is heard.

What the hell.  It’s worth a shot.

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11 Responses to “Todd McNair out as USC's RB coach”
  1. Sean Martin says: Jul 1, 2010 3:10 PM

    A pedestrian 167 rushing yards per game with that depth chart is not sufficient. I think his leaving is more consistent with his history with the program off the field, rather than on the sideline or on the practice field.

  2. blitz4848 says: Jul 1, 2010 3:27 PM

    Truth is he got caught!!!! USC decided not to throw him under the bus–just to let it run over him…….

  3. Evan says: Jul 1, 2010 3:42 PM

    Too little too late. Next up, Mike Garrett

  4. Trojanman says: Jul 1, 2010 4:54 PM

    He is innocent, and his Response to the NCAA document clearly illustrates for those intelligent enough to read it. While employed by USC, McNair could not prove damages by the NCAA’s character assault on him. Now, McNair is free to sue the NCAA since he is out of a job. Look for nice sum courtesy of the NCAA to be sent to McNair for the NCAA’s malicious attack on him.

  5. ajarkox says: Jul 1, 2010 5:07 PM

    Yes, Garrett is trying to save his own butt.
    Mcnair is probably getting a good payoff to go away quietly like a good scapegoat. This alleged hush money should also be investigated!

  6. ndnationforlife07 says: Jul 1, 2010 6:29 PM

    lol, trojanman, its all a conspiracy isnt it??
    Guy got caught lying to the NCAA, and USC got caught just turning a blind eye to what was pretty obvious..or did the ENTIRE Athletic department not notice Bush driving around in a tricked out Impala instead of his 9 year old truck? What about the late night partying instead of hosting Percy Harvin? You are telling me NO ONE noticed any of this??? lol…
    Get real…quit crying a river, cause no one but trojan fans either believes it, or cares at this point…this should have happened 4 years ago anyways, consider that a gift in itself.

  7. Bradenton Buc says: Jul 1, 2010 6:58 PM

    There are several coaches that were involved with this BS, including the head coach. He’s a jerk.

  8. highplainsdrifter says: Jul 2, 2010 1:15 PM

    Thanks for jumping on that grenade. Check is in the mail.

  9. Ex-USC assistant’s appeal denied by NCAA | CollegeFootballTalk says: Apr 29, 2011 12:32 PM

    […] right. The NCAA should get the facts right when it ends a coach’s career.” ¬†McNair was not retained by the Trojans after his contract expired in early July of last […]

  10. Report: newspapers want McNair vs. NCAA case unsealed | CollegeFootballTalk says: Jun 19, 2013 4:36 PM

    […] McNair did not have his contract renewed with the Trojans in 2010 after the NCAA concluded he had knowledge of Bush’s¬†dealings with two would-be agents, who the NCAA found had given the former Trojan RB upwards of $300,000 in illegal benefits. McNair was given a show-cause penalty as part of the fallout. […]

  11. Pete Carroll still has issues with how NCAA handled USC | CollegeFootballTalk says: Feb 27, 2014 11:56 AM

    […] NCAA found that Carroll’s running backs coach at the time, Todd McNair, was aware of the impermissible benefits, slapping the assistant with a one-year show-cause after he “provided false and misleading […]

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