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Some Highlights From The Appeal By Todd McNair

Former USC running backs coach Todd McNair, a major figure in the NCAA Investigation that ultimately led USC sanctioned by the NCAA Committee of Infractions, is appealing the NCAA report's findings and other penalties that were charged against him.

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In the appeal, McNair points out the disparity between himself and the NCAA.  Most notably is the COI "changed and mischaracterized" the testimony of Lloyd Lake, the man who hoped for a marketing company headlined by running back Reggie Bush, only to base his testimony in their findings, instead of McNair's.

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The appeal, made public on Tuesday, states the enforcement staff "violated McNair's right to fair process by unilaterally excluding USC from the interviews of Lake and his family. Thus, McNair was denied the opportunity to have his instiution question Lake and test his credibility."

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Perhaps the highlighted charge by McNair in the appeal is that the COI communicated ex parte with the enforcement staff about the NCAA report. 

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The NCAA released its findings on a five-year investigation regarding Reggie Bush receiving improper benefits and other findings in June.  Ultimately, the NCAA sanctioned USC by docking them 30 scholarships between 2011-13, vacating wins from 2004-05, and a two-year post-season ban.

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McNair joined USC as its running backs coach in 2004.  After six years, his contract ended on June 30, 2010 and was not renewed.

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