Ex-BSU coach Houston Nutt sues Ole Miss, alleging smear campaign

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze speaks during his SEC Media Days appearance on Thursday in Hoover Ala

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze speaks during his SEC Media Days appearance on Thursday in Hoover Ala

To make matters worse for Freeze and Ole Miss, former coach Houston Nutt, who was sacked by the Rebels in 2011, is suing the school, alleging that Ole Miss and Freeze tried to place blame on him for violations.

Yahoo! Sports reported on January 29, 2016, that MS received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but the university did not release it publicly.

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt is accusing the school and it's athletics foundation of conspiring to defame him.

"We are aware it has been filed", Tyner said. Freeze has led the Rebels the past five seasons.

"The first four years, I really thought we were relevant in the Southeastern Conference, and that is what I said from day one", Freeze said. "That's the least likely thing I enjoy doing. Until then, I will continue to cooperate and not to be answering any questions that are specifically related to our case". Freeze, predictably, dodged the question when a few questions were finally asked.

Later, Freeze admitted that his program did create the cloud swirling over it. But you can't, we've got to be responsible for the areas in which we were deficient in, that we didn't, that we didn't either react or act properly, or whether it was staff or whether it was boosters.

Nutt's lawyer, Walter Morrison, said he didn't want to "try the case in the media".

Nutt released a statement through his attorney Wednesday saying in part, "The lawsuit speaks for itself". Nutt is seeking unspecified punative damages. Some of the alleged violations had to do with lack of institutional control. The NCAA has accused Ole Miss of 21 rules violations committed by both current and former members of the coaching staff.

"It is now clear that [the reporter's] unnamed sources gave him false and misleading information", the lawsuit states. His program is in the midst of an NCAA investigation that doesn't have an end date and has self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season.

Wednesday was a chance for Ole Miss football fans to get a good laugh.

"Adversity tends to crumble people or brings guys together", said quarterback Shea Patterson. "It's kind of been around us for a while now, and I sure will be glad for the day to when I can stand here and it's not". I have great respect for Houston but can't comment on it because it is a legal matter.

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