Former USC assistant coach files lawsuit in LA

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Southern California assistant coach Todd McNair has sued the NCAA, accusing the agency of libel, slander and misconduct in its investigation of the Reggie Bush case.

The Los Angeles Daily News says the lawsuit was filed Friday. Attorney Bruce Broillet did not immediately return a telephone message Monday.

McNair was punished for what the NCAA claimed was his role in the scandal surrounding the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback. The NCAA claimed he knew about some of the gifts lavished on Bush's family by two aspiring sports marketers hoping to land Bush as a client.

The NCAA imposed a two-year bowl ban and scholarship restrictions on USC. McNair was prohibited from contacting recruits and his USC contract was not renewed.

McNair's lawsuit claims the NCAA's investigation was one-sided and that McNair wasn't allowed to cross-examine witnesses.