Former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair reached a confidential legal settlement of his defamation lawsuit against the NCAA, attorneys announced Monday, ending a decade-long legal saga stemming from allegations that he was aware of improper benefits received by Trojan star running back Reggie Bush and his family.
“After 10 years of litigation, both sides have come together to resolve this matter to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved,” according to a joint statement issued by attorneys for McNair and the NCAA.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury in 2018 rejected McNair’s claims, but a judge granted him a new trial in the case, which was still pending.
Financial terms of the legal settlement announced Monday were not divulged.
McNair is the running backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He returned to coaching in 2019 with the NFL team following a nine-year absence.
McNair was the Kansas City Chiefs’ running backs coach from 2001-03 before being hired in 2004 by USC, where he spent six seasons coaching Trojan running backs under then-coach Pete Carroll. But his contract was not renewed after the NCAA alleged in a report that McNair knew about Bush’s relationship with two sports agents, San Diego sports marketers Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels, who were providing Bush with benefits, according to his lawsuit.
McNair alleged the NCAA cost him his job and derailed his career after he was wrongfully punished in the Bush case. He received a show-cause penalty from the NCAA, meaning that he had to receive permission from the NCAA for any recruiting he did for one year.
McNair, who filed his lawsuit in June 2011, maintained that he was unaware of Bush’s relationship between Lake and Michaels and that the NCAA committed misconduct in its investigation.
The NCAA countered that McNair’s statements were contradicted by Lake.