The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back

The document dump in the Todd McNair defamation suit against the NCAA has generated the shitstorm anyone who’s watched the NCAA desperately try to prevent the information from being released in public predicted was coming.  There’s plenty of damning information…

•Also in a memo, Uphoff went to great lengths to compare the Bush case to the Oklahoma City bombing trial. Uphoff was attempting to show how witnesses’ credibility could be attacked by challenging the weight given to hearsay.

“This evidence in this [Bush] case is, for example, [is] markedly stronger than in the OKC bombing case which was built entirely on circumstantial evidence,” Uphoff wrote. “In fact, there was no direct evidence that [Terry] Nichols was ever involved in the bombing plot.”

•Howard added in correspondence to committee members: “McNair should have all inferences negatively inferred against him … we need not say why we disbelieve him, we only need to let the public, or whomever, know that we do disbelieve him.”

Lawyers for McNair argued in their lawsuit that the lengthy messages by Uphoff and Howard were intentionally sent to voting infraction committee members in violation of the NCAA’s procedures to influence them in their decision. Howard had just joined the infractions committee but was supposed to only be observing the USC case. Neither had voting rights to decide the case.

•Infractions committee member Eleanor Myers admitted to a “botched interview” in which investigators got the year of a key phone call wrong between McNair and former agent wanna-be Lloyd Lake. That contention had been a key part of McNair’s appeal to the NCAA, which was rejected.

… but the funniest stuff has to be the bridge too far – Junior.

The emails, among nearly 500 pages of documents filed in the case Tuesday that were obtained by the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1HA4eCv), include members of the NCAA infractions committee deriding the school for hiring back as its head coach former assistant Lane Kiffin, who had been an offensive coordinator for coach Pete Carroll during the Bush period that led to school sanctions.

“USC has responded to its problems by bringing in Lane Kiffin,” committee member Rodney Uphoff wrote in an undated memo to other members of the committee. “They need a wake-up call that doing things the wrong way will have serious consequences.”

Another committee member expressed similar sentiments about Kiffin in an email dated March 2010, after Kiffin had returned to lead USC after stints as head coach of Tennessee and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

“Lack of institutional control … (and do we add the hiring of Lane Kiffin?), is a very easy call for me,” committee member Roscoe Howard wrote.

I wonder if the committee has any misgivings about Nick Saban now.  You can bet if the members do, they haven’t put those in writing.

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2 responses to “The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    I give up. One a you high-SAT type guys gonna have to explain all this.

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    • Nashville West

      In short, the NCAA was supposed to follow its own rules and USC was supposed to get a fair and impartial investigation. The first didn’t happen so neither did the second.
      SOS for the NCAA.

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