“I don’t care about Todd McNair.”
– Radio host Petros Papadakis on his show today explaining how how he had little sympathy for McNair, who was a controversial figure in the NCAA investigation and suing for defamation
In case you missed it, here are USC and athletic director Pat Haden’s statements on the NCAA documents released yesterday.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian asked freshman linebacker Cameron Smith to wear No. 35, which used to be a hallowed number worn by well-known USC linebackers Riki (Gray) Ellison and Scott Ross (above).
“I like that we’re able to put him in 35,” Sarkisian said. “He didn’t understand the significance of it. I explained to him when I grew up 35 meant a lot.”
The NCAA obviously looks like it had an agenda. The bad part is it hit USC hard and then never followed up against any other schools in a similar manner. They were so over the top they even made assistant coach Todd McNair look like a martyr (no easy task).
And now the big question: Does this demonstrate USC should have sued years ago?
The NCAA released nearly 500 pages of documents that called former assistant coach Todd McNair, “a lying morally bankrupt criminal, in my view, and a hypocrite of the highest order.”
It also showed the NCAA was unhappy USC hired Lane Kiffin, fresh off alleged rules violations at Tennessee.
“Paul Dee was brought in at Miami to clean up a program with serious problems. USC has responded to its problems by bringing in Lane Kiffin,” committee member Rodney Uphoff wrote in an undated memo to other members of the group. “They need a wake-up call that doing things the wrong way will have serious consequences.
“In light of all of the problems at USC, a failure to send a serious message in this case undercuts efforts to help clean up NCAA sports.”