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Sunday, June 5, 2011
Ex-USC assistant McNair sues NCAA

By Pedro Moura

Former USC running backs coach and special teams coordinator Todd McNair filed suit against the NCAA Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the collegiate athletics governing body wrongfully caused him to lose his job with the Trojans.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by ESPNLosAngeles.com, seeks unspecified damages for libel, slander, breach of contract and four other alleged offenses. It also takes issue with the one-sided examination policy established by the NCAA, which doesn’t allow those targeted by investigations to cross-examine witnesses used.

McNair, who spent six seasons as USC’s running backs coach beginning in 2004, was hit with a one-year show-cause penalty as part of the NCAA sanctions the school received last year, meaning any school attempting to hire him during the year period would have to seek permission from the NCAA to do so. He appealed the ruling last August, after his contract expired with USC on June 30 and was not renewed, but was denied by the NCAA’s Infraction Appeals Committee in April in a separate case from the school’s appeal.

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