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Todd McNair will sue NCAA, says they ‘ruined his career’

Todd McNair

Following up on an initial rumor that began circulating late last week, it looks as though former USC running backs coach Todd McNair is, indeed, suing the NCAA for damages for libel, slander, breach of contract and negligence. The suit also alleges that NCAA officials “arbitrarily and capriciously decided to ruin his [McNair's] career to further their own agenda.”

McNair previously appealed the NCAA’s findings against USC and then-running back Reggie Bush, claiming the NCAA’s “Committee on Infractions and investigative staff committed misconduct and mischaracterized facts [against him]“. The appeal was denied in late April.

A full text of the suit can be seen HERE. The real meat of the lawsuit begins at about page three. Below are a couple excerpts from the first clause of action (libel):

“Despite a complete lack of evidence that Plaintiff TODD MCNAIR did anything wrong, let alone committing acts amounting to unethical conduct, and despite the NCAA’s own internal regulations mandating that the evidence must be “clear and convincing” of wrongdoing to result in such a finding, Defendants,  and each of them, in an arbitrary and capricious manner, disregarded their internal regulations, processes and procedures to reach a finding that TODD MCNAIR committed unethical conduct.”

“Plaintiff is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, that Defendants, and each of them, made false statements… with knowledge that they were false or otherwise fabricated, intended the false statements to be published in a manner that would harm Plaintiff and… disregarded the fact that they would cause Plaintiff to suffer substantial damages.”

As you can gather, McNair is 1) still fighting the notion that he was even a knowing participant and enabler in the Reggie Bush saga and 2) that falsified statements have effectively, and unfairly, ended his career as a coach.

McNair will be represented by Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, which filed the suit in L.A. County Superior Court.

(Thanks: Orange County Register)

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10 Responses to “Todd McNair will sue NCAA, says they ‘ruined his career’”
  1. Deb says: Jun 6, 2011 9:30 PM

    Ooooh … this is getting interesting. I’ve always wanted to sue the NCAA for the way they punish the innocent when they can’t get the guilty. Go McNair!!!! If he really didn’t do anything wrong, I hope he wins.

  2. WingT says: Jun 6, 2011 9:35 PM

    Innocent until proven guilty – just like Cam

  3. dapell says: Jun 6, 2011 10:03 PM

    We can only hope this makes it to trial I’m sure there’s nothing the NCAA’s lawyers (or those of us who abhor teams that cheat) would like than to get Reggie Bush, Pete Carrol, and the rest of USC’s coaching staff on a witness stand, under oath, and forced to actually answer questions.

    Of course, I really doubt that happens. Too much real damage could occur to USC then, so some rich booster will step up behind the scenes to make this go away. Like I’ve always felt happened with Maurice Clarrett at Ohio State to make him stop cooperating with the NCAA. The one thing the NCAA lacks is subpeona power and the ability to compel testimony. Civil trials actually allow more of that than criminal, which is why for all they flap their gums you never see athletes actually sue for libel.

    I can only hope his goes to trial, and the parents of the OSU player sue too.

  4. htru02 says: Jun 6, 2011 11:15 PM

    dapell: not sure that anyone from USC would have to actually take the stand, this is not a trail of what happened at USC, but rather the process that the NCAA took in the case and how it effected McNair. I didn’t read the entire case, but it seems as if that is what’s on trial.

    However, I would like to see this go to trial, since from reading the report it seemed that both sides were not consistent in their stories and the NCAA picked who they wanted to believe. The reality is probably both sides settle and McNair walks away with a fat check.

  5. cosanostra71 says: Jun 7, 2011 12:29 AM

    ugh.. McNair ruined his own career… oh and our short term football future too…

  6. dapell says: Jun 7, 2011 12:44 AM

    Reggie Bush and other coaches mentioned in the NCAA findings and summary of their investigation would all be subject to subpoena and the Judge could compel them to testify to the material facts of the case.

    At that time the NCAA’s lawyers would of course want to establish the scope and details of Bush’s infractions.

    It would be very intrusive, and no doubt dig up many other skeletons that USC is hoping remain buried. Remember, the NCAA never had anything on the University of Michigan Basketball program until a Federal investigation into Ed Martin. It was then that the key players could no longer refuse to answer questions.

  7. myballsmyrules says: Jun 7, 2011 3:15 AM

    I hope McNair gets PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. diablito0402 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:37 AM

    Actually scam newton is guilty with evidence of going to the higheat bidder. But nothing happened to him because the ncaa and bcs didnt want to damage the ratings of the championship game , sad sad sad, i will never watch another college football game ever, as long as these crooked organizations exist.

  9. laxer37 says: Jun 7, 2011 9:59 AM

    Life’s not always fair. Fact is, you work for a crooked program and you are going to suffer professionally.

    I’ll bet there were some good people working at Enron that had their careers ruined by association.

  10. Deb says: Jun 7, 2011 1:45 PM

    @laxer37 …

    No, life’s not fair. I know that well. And a lot of innocent investors had their lives destroyed by Enron. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept the unfairness of it all without fighting back. Enron did not have to happen. Government deregulation left corporations free to do business with money that didn’t exist. That led to Enron’s downfall and the Wall Street and banking collapse that crushed the nation’s economy and rippled outward to the rest of the global economy.

    And all we have now are greedy people and the fools who support them calling for more deregulation because, well gee whiz, these people have sure demonstrated they can police themselves. The love of money is the root of all evil. That will not change.

    The love of money is also at the root of college football’s problems. And that will not change. Policing is what’s required, and it’s idiotic to assume the fox can guard the henhouse. Pare down the rules to something manageable, hire enough NCAA investigators with the billions raked in by these sports to adequately police the schools, and conduct proper investigations. If the NCAA can’t get it done, then call in the Justice Department. But get it done in a reasonable amount of time to ensure the guilty are punished and the innocent aren’t tarred and feathered along with them.

    Those unfairly punished in the Enron case were victims of Enron, not the government.

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