The NCAA will once again take a beating for the way it has handled the USC case tied to Reggie Bush and improper benefits. Shocker, right?
Documents unsealed in court reveal members of the NCAA infractions committee involved with the Bush improper benefits case went so far as to criticize the hiring of former head coach Lane Kiffin and draw comparisons to the Oklahoma City bombing. One committee member referenced the phrase “lack of institutional control” and called it an easy sell as well.
In all, 500 pages of documents were unsealed Tuesday as part of a defamation lawsuit involving former USC running backs coach Todd McNair. The NCAA was given until last Friday to pick and choose which documents may be included in the lawsuit and which may be protected in order to ensure the privacy of future or pending investigations conducted by the NCAA.
The quotes included in some of the memos that have now entered court do not hold back.
In one, committee member Rodney Uphoff compares how Miami responded to an NCAA investigation compared to what USC did by hiring Kiffin, a coach riddled in character issues at the time. As transcribed by the Los Angeles Times;
“Paul Dee was brought in at Miami to clean up a program with serious problems. USC has responded to its problems by bringing in Lane Kiffin,” committee member Rodney Uphoff wrote in an undated memo to other members of the group. “They need a wake-up call that doing things the wrong way will have serious consequences.”
And this one from Roscoe Howard;
“Lack of institutional control … (and do we add the hiring of Lane Kiffin?), is a very easy call for me.”
The comments made in these memos goes against typical NCAA protocol for an investigation, and suggests personal feelings and beliefs interfered with the investigation’s ability to be unbiased and dependent on facts.
USC fans have long been slamming the NCAA for how it handled the investigation and sanctions against the Trojans. In light of admitting to a botched investigation against Miami, multiple programs getting off relatively light for other infractions, and the NCAA completely going back on the hefty sanction terms previously levied against Penn State in recent years, USC fans continue to have a legitimate gripe with the NCAA. This latest information will only add to the fight, although at this point the damage has been done and USC is off probation.