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Thursday, July 1, 2010
McNair no longer under contract with USC

By Pedro Moura

Todd McNair, the running backs coach responsible for many of the charges in the NCAA's 67-page report released earlier this month that hit the Trojans with a two-year postseason ban, is no longer under contract with USC.

According to the NCAA report, McNair was the only assistant who knew of the connection between former USC Heisman winner Reggie Bush and sports marketing agent Lloyd Lake. His actual involvement has been disputed in recent days, but McNair had been forbidden from any recruiting activities until June 2011 by the NCAA.

"Todd McNair's contract expired on June 30, 2010," a school spokesman said Thursday. "We have no additional comment."

The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

McNair, who spent eight seasons in the NFL, first joined the USC coaching staff in 2004. In 2007, it was revealed he was twice convicted of animal cruelty charges in the 1990's. Then-Trojans coach Pete Carroll said at the time "that was a long time ago," and kept McNair on staff.

Also in 2007, McNair was at the forefront of another controversial topic in the news. As USC's special teams coordinator, he told the Times he coined the name 'White Nation' for a group featuring a number of white special teams players. Former Trojan linebacker Clay Matthews then created a Facebook group with the group's title.

McNair told the Times in response to the ensuing outcry: "I love having fun. I gave them a nickname. I call the black coaches on our staff the Brojans. Brothers and Trojans. We're the Brojans. Playfully. Because the locker room is colorless."