Houston Nutt files defamation lawsuit against Ole Miss

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Nutt's lawsuit also cited a public statement by Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork on January 30, 2016, that said "many of the allegations date back to the former football staff in 2010". It included a handful of damning accusations.

"We are aware it has been filed", Tyner said. The bigger problem for Ole Miss is the NCAA finding the school committed 21 football violations, 17 of which took place while Freeze has been the head coach. It's becoming harder to conceive of how Freeze will hold onto this job in the long run.

However, since this is the summer of lawsuits in the State of Mississippi I figure there is a good attorney somewhere drafting a class-action suit on behalf of Ole Miss football fans. "The protection of Coach Freeze became the University's Number One priority in dealing with the NCAA investigation".

Freeze said he has had little contact with Nutt since Freeze - a member of Ed Orgeron's staff - was not retained after Nutt's hiring in December of 2007.

Nutt now works as a television analyst for college football. "Coach Freeze falsely stated that most, if not all, of the NCAA's allegations involved "Houston Nutt" and his staff".

Ole Miss also returns senior All-American Marquis Haynes. The suit says Freeze intentionally lied to journalists in the weeks prior to National Signing Day in order to keep recruits interested in Ole Miss.

Several weeks ago we posted How much trouble Ole Miss faces.

Nutt coached Arkansas to a 75-48 overall record and 42-38 in SEC play. "We will carefully review Coach Nutt's claims and respond in due course". He was bought out for $3 million in December 2007 and the next day signed to be the head coach at Ole Miss. He won back-to-back Cotton Bowls before posting a four-win season in '10 and a two-win season in '11.

The Rebels fell to 6-18 and 1-15 in league play the next two years and he was sacked, receiving more than $6 million to be paid out over the length of the contract.

The suit, filed in Oxford, Miss., says Ole Miss breached a severance agreement after he was sacked that made them "contractually prohibited from making any statement whatsoever relative to coach Nutt's tenure as an employee of Ole Miss that might damage or harm his reputation as a football coach".

Information for this article was contributed by The Associated Press.

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