March 25, 2015 – 1:42 am
by Ryan Phillips
In June 2010, the NCAA hit USC’s football program with the harshest sanctions since SMU received the death penalty in 1985. For years USC fans and administrators have contended that the NCAA was far too harsh in its punishment of the school’s football program as a result of the Reggie Bush scandal.
People close to the school have repeatedly insisted that the NCAA unfairly targeted USC, that the investigation was biased against the university and didn’t produce nearly enough evidence to actually prove its case. On Tuesday, those people were proven right.
Hundreds of internal NCAA emails related to the Bush investigation were unsealed on Tuesday and what they revealed was exactly what we’ve come to expect from the NCAA. The picture painted by the emails is one of a Committee on Infractions that judged USC guilty before the investigation into the Bush matter even started. Then, when no smoking gun existed to prove that USC knew about Bush receiving benefits, the investigators and committee members attacked Todd McNair, the former running backs coach at USC.
McNair is currently suing the NCAA for defamation and that suit was the reason the documents were unsealed. The NCAA had fought for years to keep the documents under wraps, but several court rulings determined the organization had to turn the information over and make it public.
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