The NCAA gets its own show-cause order.

A California court has issued “a tentative decision” that the show-cause order provisions in the NCAA bylaws violate California law.

“[The show-cause order provisions] are void as they constitute an unlawful restraint on engaging in a lawful profession,” Judge Frederick Shaller wrote.

Shaller’s determination is part of the latest filing in former USC football assistant Todd McNair’s civil lawsuit vs. the NCAA. In May, a jury in Los Angeles voted 9-3 in favor of the NCAA following a three-week defamation trial stemming from McNair’s involvement in the Reggie Bush extra-benefits scandal. Two of the four other allegations in McNair’s suit have been dropped, leaving just the declaratory relief allegation to be resolved.

Shaller said that declaratory relief for McNair in this matter was appropriate, and in that ruling commented on show-cause penalties.

“McNair’s ability to practice his profession as a college football coach has been restricted, if not preempted, not only in Los Angeles and California, but in every state in the country,” he wrote.

The NCAA’s reaction was mild (“We look forward to the opportunity to provide our objections to the court per California trial rules.”), but it’s got to be shitting a few bricks as it ponders the ramifications.  If this order is finalized and affirmed on appeal, the state will become a haven for every coach you can think of who runs afoul of the NCAA.  It’ll become one giant Second Chance U.

Those are the consequences of overplaying your hand against an assistant coach who pissed you off.


Filed under See You In Court, The NCAA

4 responses to “The NCAA gets its own show-cause order.

  1. Dolly Llama

    Just came to leave a comment on a thread that is not only dead, but one that was stillborn. Senator, nobody gives a shit about this kind of thing in season. Not saying that’s right or wise, but it just is.


  2. Mayor

    I’ve actually been wondering about the NCAA and its show-cause order for awhile. How can you ban someone from working nationwide? Lots of cases say you can’t do that. I remember when the LPGA tried to ban a player for cheating but the courts reinstated the player and said they couldn’t do that. Fine her, sure. Ban her, no.