The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times spent the better part of the last two years litigating in California courts regarding the Todd McNair v. NCAA case.
Both newspapers were requesting public release of 700 pages of written testimony, notes and statements regarding the NCAA v. USC Committee on Infractions allegations against Todd McNair and the University of Southern California.
In the last 24 hours, LA Times has begun publishing stories related to the McNair and USC infractions case in 2008-2009. For many years bloggers in this board and other associated boards have accused the NCAA of bias, unfairness, and a lack of honesty and transparency at the Committee on Infractions.
It appears that the seven years of complaints about NCAA misconduct has finally resulted in a release of court documents which shows the conspiracy to defraud, slander, and defame McNair and the University of Southern California.
Some highlights include the fact that NCAA had NO information from Lloyd Lake which stated that Lake was called by Todd McNair. Instead, the record shows that NCAA planted the story with Lake during the interview.
The record also shows that during the NCAA investigation, the phone records of Coach McNair were obtained. Those phone records show that Lloyd Lake called McNair. McNair DID NOT CALL Lake.
The Infractions Report cites an interview with Lake's girlfriend. Review of the records shows that the girlfriend (Maeisha Jones) could not provide corroborating details to support NCAA claims.
These claims of NCAA totally rely on a discredited account from a convicted felon who clearly misstates the facts in the testimony (as evidenced by the phone records obtained by NCAA).
These court documents point out that multiple members of the NCAA Committee on Infractions raise concerns about the credibility of the allegations against Coach McNair. Some of the COI members even raise questions about the the lack of evidence that McNair was lying as alleged by NCAA. Also, there was no evidence that McNair involved with Lake.
During NCAA Enforcement's interview with Lake, the NCAA questioner appears to have used the wrong date in the questioning (asking about a date one year earlier). McNair answered the question and the NCAA never gave McNair an opportunity to correct the record.
The statement goes on to show that the NCAA Committee on Infractions rules and the NCAA rules were specifically violated by multiple members of the COI who were "observers" only but who were actively engaged in emailing with COI voting members, were actively promoting specific actions against USC, and were actively engaging in malice towards McNair and USC.
NCAA COI members did internet searches and gathered information on McNair without offering McNair or his representatives an opportunity to respond or answer. Instead, these COI members accused McNair and his counsel of lying before the committee. COI Members passed statements that McNair was involved in dog fighting and convicted of such.
"Two NCAA officials have candidly acknowledged that a finding against McNair was necessary for the penalties to be assessed against USC. (Ex. 13, pp. 107:22-109:24,111: 1-112: 1; Ex. 8, 144: 14-18.)"