Judge Frederick Shaller ruled that the NCAA violated California state law when it imposed a show-cause penalty against former USC assistant Todd McNair.
The decision would prevent the NCAA from imposing show-cause penalties in California. McNair had a one-year show cause penalty that prevented him from recrutiing when the NCAA handed down sanctions against USC.
That meant a school would have to appear before an NCAA committee to “show cause” why McNair would not face a similar punishment at a new school.
The legal victory probably won’t make McNair feel much better since he lost his defamation trial in the summer.