In this Jan. 4, 2006, file photo shows Southern California's Reggie Bush, right, being consoled by USC running back coach Todd McNair after their 41-38 loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl. (Photo: AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has upheld its punishment for former Southern California assistant Todd McNair for his role in the Reggie Bush case.
The Division I Infractions Appeals Committee announced its decision Friday.
McNair was punished for what the NCAA claimed was his role in the scandal surrounding the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback. USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban and severe scholarship restrictions, and McNair was prohibited from contacting recruits.
McNair was an assistant to former coach Pete Carroll for six seasons, and the NCAA claimed McNair knew about some of the gifts lavished on Bush's family by two aspiring sports marketers hoping to land Bush as a client.
McNair was prohibited from contacting recruits, and his contract was not renewed by USC.
McNair said the committee used false statements and faulty evidence against him.
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