Bucs assistant Todd McNair continuing 11-year battle with NCAA

USA Today

Buccaneers running backs coach Todd McNair last had a college coaching job in 2010, when USC did not renew his contract amid an NCAA finding that he had been aware of improper benefits received by Reggie Bush. McNair sued the NCAA in the fallout from losing his job, and that lawsuit still hasn’t come to a resolution.

McNair lost the first time his case against the NCAA went to trial, but McNair is still appealing, and a new trial could happen in 2021. McNair says the NCAA’s finding against him was wrong and effectively ended his college coaching career. He didn’t get another coaching job from the time he left USC in 2010 until Bruce Arians became head coach of the Bucs and hired McNair (whom Arians coached at Temple in the 1980s) in 2019.

“In all honesty, I don’t really talk about that too much,” McNair said, via USA Today. “It’s its own situation. I don’t dwell on it too much. But at the same time, I’m going to stand up when I know I’m right.”

McNair said he’s not going to give up the fight, even after finding another job, because it’s about clearing his name.

“I’m not going to let anybody paint me in a picture, in a way that’s untrue so that was my stance at the time,” he said. “Your respectability, your respect is always worth it so that’s all I really want to say about that.”

9 responses to “Bucs assistant Todd McNair continuing 11-year battle with NCAA

  1. Shocking that the NCAA would find a lower-level scapegoat rather than dealing with those in charge of the program. I’m thinking of all the huge, horrific NCAA sports scandals in the last 10 years and all the ADs and University officials who didn’t lose their jobs.

    Hmmm…so surprising.

  2. The general public had a pretty good idea that Bush was receiving improper benefits to attend USC. I find it hard to believe a coach for the team didnt have some sort of knowledge of the violation as well.

  3. If he was smart he would’ve quit like Pete Carroll did. Can’t fire the guy that isn’t there. But I forgot Pete knew nothing about it either.

  4. AFW AFW says: “Shocking that the NCAA would find a lower-level scapegoat rather than dealing with those in charge of the program. I’m thinking of all the huge, horrific NCAA sports scandals in the last 10 years and all the ADs and University officials who didn’t lose their jobs.”
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    There’s ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE that USC’s AD or any university officials were part of the infraction of paying Reggie Bush or even known about it. NONE. It was also not widespread at USC so you cannot say it was institutionalized.

    However, they have phonecall EVIDENCE against McNair for talking to agent Lloyd Lake and photos of them at nightclubs, even though he denied knowing him. You might have had a case if McNair admitted guilt and offered implicating evidence against the AD/USC, but there is NOTHING right now.

    Punishing the “AD and University officials” is ridiculous without actual evidence of their involvement.

  5. LeBron James got every bit as much swag from somewhere and didn’t get punished at all. Too bad Reggie didn’t blow the whole game open. If the NCAA didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any.

  6. kp20 says: “LeBron James got every bit as much swag from somewhere and didn’t get punished at all. Too bad Reggie didn’t blow the whole game open. If the NCAA didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any.”
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    Nice rant. Except…LeBron James didn’t go to college.

  7. The NCAA can’t die soon enough.

    But this lawsuit seems bogus.

    After years in the League as a player, and with USC connections (Jeff Fisher, Carroll, Del Rio, Holmgren) you can’t find work?

  8. kp20 says:
    February 4, 2021 at 10:40 am
    LeBron James got every bit as much swag from somewhere and didn’t get punished at all. Too bad Reggie didn’t blow the whole game open. If the NCAA didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any.

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    LeBron, like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, never attended college. Nice try though.

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