Former USC running backs coach Todd McNair essentially had his career ended by the NCAA’s punishment of the school’s football program. The NCAA ruled that McNair “knew or should have known” about payments from a wannabe sports agent to running back Reggie Bush, despite a serious lack of evidence.
Now McNair is suing the NCAA, claiming the organization’s investigation was one-sided and his career was hurt by it’s report on the scandal. On Wednesday a judge in a Los Angeles court agreed, and ruled that the NCAA was “malicious” in it’s investigation of McNair and USC.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller denied the NCAA’s appeal to throw out McNair’s lawsuit, and his 10-page ruling was scathing. He claimed – among other things – that emails between an NCAA worker and a person who works in the agency’s appeals decision “tend to show ill will or hatred” toward McNair. Shaller also said he was convinced that the actions of NCAA investigators were “over the top” in t