Former USC assistant Todd McNair and the NCAA have settled McNair's decade-long defamation lawsuit, the two sides announced in a joint statement on Monday. The terms of the settlement were not revealed.
McNair, who was the Trojans' running backs coach from 2004-10, sued the NCAA in 2011 after the association said he had knowledge of Reggie Bush's wrongdoing in the epic case that resulted in major sanctions against USC.
During the case's litigation a judge called the NCAA's infractions report "malicious" toward McNair. The documents that emerged from the trial were among the most damaging ever revealed against the NCAA enforcement process.
USC was hit with the loss of 30 scholarships and a two-year bowl ban in 2010. McNair was given a one-year show cause by the NCAA which effectively made him unhirable as a college coach. McNair, now 55, didn't work again above the high school level until he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a running backs coach in 2019. In a sort of circle-of-life coincidence McNair has now been part of a national championship (2004, USC) and Super Bowl championship (2020, Tampa Bay).
"After ten years of litigation, both sides have come together to resolve this matter to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved," the statement said.