LOS ANGELES (AP) — NCAA committee members received violent threats after documents were released in a former assistant University of Southern California football coach's lawsuit against the organization, according to court papers.
Infractions Committee members received the threats after nearly 500 pages of documents the NCAA sought to seal were made public by a California appeals court, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/1yp72CF).
The documents are part of a defamation lawsuit that former running backs coach Todd McNair filed against the NCAA for penalties he faced in the Reggie Bush scandal. The football program was banned two years from postseason play and lost dozens of scholarships because Bush and his family received cash and gifts.
The NCAA essentially prohibited McNair from coaching for a season after determining that he lied about knowing about the benefits provided to Bush. He has not coached college football since.
Documents show committee members mocked USC's response to the Bush scandal and an email excerpt called McNair a "lying, morally bankrupt criminal."
The NCAA mentioned the threats in a footnote to court papers filed Friday with the 2nd District Court of Appeal.
It didn't describe the nature of the threats or the committee members targeted, but it said some had received threats at home.
USC said the documents had confirmed the NCAA's bias against McNair and the school.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/