Source: Bucs hire former USC RB coach McNair
6:25 PM ET
TAMPA, Fla. — Former USC running backs coach Todd McNair, who spent the past seven years fighting the NCAA over the Reggie Bush scandal and lost, will return to coaching in 2018 as the running backs coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
McNair’s hiring was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
In a high-profile defamation lawsuit, McNair accused the NCAA’s Committee of Infractions of destroying his coaching career when it found him guilty of unethical conduct when Bush accepted improper benefits at USC, where McNair coached for six seasons and helped guide Bush to a Heisman Trophy in 2005.
McNair has not coached at the college or NFL level since 2010, but has been coaching high school football in Sun Valley, California.
A four-year NCAA investigation concluded that McNair knew or should have known that Bush had accepted $280,000 worth of improper benefits. McNair claimed he had no knowledge of Bush or his family accepting those benefits.
McNair’s attorneys argued that the NCAA tried to make an example out of him. He testified that after he lost his job at USC, his wife Lynette took a job as