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  • #51 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017

  • A while back [Memorial Day weekend to be exact] I called Houston Nutt to ask if he felt vindicated after #OleMiss released its NCAA response...


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    Houston Nutt answered the call on the first ring Friday.

    The former college coach is enjoying life in Texas these days and is getting ready for a trip to Canada to see a couple of his old assistants who now coach with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. I called Nutt after reading the response of his former school, Ole Miss, to the NCAA’s notice of allegations that was released earler in the day. [Full disclosure: I worked with Nutt for two seasons at CBS.] In that release, it was alleged by the NCAA — and agreed upon by Ole Miss — that "serious violations have occurred." The response also pointed out that the majority of the 13 violations involving the Rebels football program occurred on coach Hugh Freeze’s watch. Not on Nutt’s, which is what sources inside Ole Miss had intimated to several reporters, including myself, months ago.

    Those sources said in late January that the majority of the allegations stemmed from women’s basketball, track and field and the Nutt regime, which technically is accurate since nine of the 28 total violations against the Rebels athletic program were on Freeze. But I can see why Nutt felt a measure of vindication after seeing how he was getting the blame despite the fact that nine of those 13 violations happened under his successor.

    "It’s the most frustrating thing there is," Nutt told FOX Sports, "to be on the sidelines and hear your name keep getting mentioned and mentioned. It’s hurtful. It makes you mad.

    "I don’t have a major violation in 30 years of coaching.

     "I’m going on five years without a team," he said. "There were a few opportunities I went after. I’d love to coach again. I feel like I’ve got 10 more seasons in me."

    The 58-year-old Nutt said he didn’t know much of the specifics about the fraudulent ACT tests. Back then Nutt wasn’t counting on those recruits to be on his 105-man roster.

    "We usually know about who is going to make it in by May," he said. "We were gonna place them in junior college."

    Instead, they did get in. Nutt still has a hard time believing his assistants cheated, he says.

    "There’s not a better person to have around your son than (Chris Vaughn)," he said. "I recruited him out of Tallahassee. He played for me at Murray State. Coached for me all those years at Arkansas and Ole Miss. I mean did he feed ’em? But outright cheating? I don’t think that’s in his DNA."

    In February, Vaughn was dismissed from his job as Texas’ defensive backs coach due to the allegations at Ole Miss.

    Saunders now is the head coach at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi after losing his job as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. The NCAA hit Saunders with an eight-year show-cause...
  • #52 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  •  Dan Wolken‏Verified account @DanWolken 18m18 minutes ago

    AM RT: The non-disparagement language in Houston Nutt's buyout with Ole Miss is now public https://usat.ly/2vXrzCD  via @USATODAY

  • #53 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  • #54 by jbcarol on 15 Aug 2017
  • Houston Nutt: ‘I wasn’t jumping for joy’ after Hugh Freeze’s resignation at Ole Miss



    Brett McMurphy✔@Brett_McMurphy

    Houston Nutt on @SiriusXMCollege about Hugh Freeze’s firing at #OleMiss: "I wasn’t jumping for joy. I don’t like to see anyone going down"
    1:42 PM - Aug 15, 2017
  • #55 by jbcarol on 19 Aug 2017
  •  Pat Forde‏Verified account @YahooForde 17h17 hours ago

    From the Steve Robertson-Tom Mars axis of Ole Miss terror: they say they uncovered the following on Hugh Freeze's phone records:

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  • #58 by jbcarol on 03 Oct 2017
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Houston Nutt: ‘My intention was not to bring Hugh Freeze down’


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    “I didn’t have one notice of allegations but there was a lot of blame, so my intention was not to bring Ole Miss down, my intention was not to bring Hugh Freeze down,” Nutt told the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday, according to The Clarion-Ledger. “That wasn’t my intention. My lawyer found things, but my intention was that I wanted my name clear. Because that’s all I have. I’m sitting on the sideline, working for CBS, I get to watch football the greatest game there is.”

    Freeze resigned this offseason after phone records showed a pattern of calls to a Tampa, Fla.-based escort service from a university phone. The phone records surfaced as a result of Nutt’s lawsuit against Ole Miss.

    Nutt filed for defamation against Ole Miss after he claimed the university ran a recent smear campaign against him. Nutt hasn’t coached Ole Miss since 2011.
  • #59 by jbcarol on 12 Oct 2017
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  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Mississippi State podcast: Houston Nutt is at it again, and the Landsharks are scrambling


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    On this edition of More Cowbell, we talked with Steve Robertson, author of the book on the Ole Miss investigation, to get his thoughts on this development. From the moment Nutt filed his lawsuit the first time around on July 9, the case has been explosive, ultimately leading to the resignation of Hugh Freeze from Ole Miss.

    Will the refiling have the same implications? Nutt and his attorney have carefully crafted a suit that alleges Ole Miss and its administration put forth a concerted effort to blame Nutt for Ole Miss’s NCAA troubles, and that has led us to this moment. Where does it go from here?
  • #61 by jbcarol on 15 Oct 2017
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  • AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    Ole Miss publicly apologizes to Houston Nutt, settles lawsuit


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    Ole Miss has settled its lawsuit with Houston Nutt, apologizing to the former Rebels coach in the process.

    The school announced the settlement -- terms of which were not disclosed -- with a brief statement issued Monday on behalf of both Nutt and Ole Miss. The statement read:

    "The lawyers who represent the University and Coach Nutt have communicated during the past few weeks to reach an agreement that would allow the parties to resolve Coach Nutt's claim while avoiding the costs and distractions associated with further litigation. The parties have reached such an agreement."

    Nutt sued Ole Miss in July and re-filed the suit in state court last week after a federal court judge dismissed it. Nutt, who coached at Ole Miss from 2008-11, claimed in his lawsuit that former coach Hugh Freeze, athletics director Ross Bjork and other athletics department officials violated a separation agreement with Nutt by making disparaging comments about him to the media in the wake of NCAA allegations against the school.

    Ole Miss also apologized publicly to Nutt on Monday, with the apology reading as follows:

    "Certain statements made by University employees in January 2016 appear to have contributed to misleading media reports about Coach Nutt. To the extent any such statement harmed Coach Nutt's reputation, the University apologizes, as this was not the intent. The NCAA's Notice of Allegations dated January 22, 2016, did not name or implicate Coach Nutt in any misconduct, and it would have been inappropriate for an University employee to suggest otherwise."
  • #63 by jbcarol on 17 Oct 2017
  • #64 by jbcarol on 18 Oct 2017
  • Ole Miss apologized and ended its three-month legal spat with Houston Nutt

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    OXFORD — The three-month legal saga between Houston Nutt and Ole Miss reached its conclusion Monday afternoon.

    In a joint statement, both parties announced a settlement in Nutt's lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in July, dismissed in August, then refiled in Lafayette County Circuit Court last week.

    "The lawyers who represent the University and Coach Nutt have communicated during the past few weeks to reach an agreement that would allow the parties to resolve Coach Nutt's claim while avoiding the costs and distractions associated with further litigation," the statement said. "The parties have reached such an agreement."

    Nutt filed the lawsuit, which alleged a breach of contract, a breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and sought punitive damages, in response to an alleged misinformation campaign led by Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss officials after the arrival of the university's Notice of Allegations from the NCAA's enforcement staff in January 2016.

    Both complaints filed by Nutt outlined calls made by Ole Miss officials to several journalists around the time the university received its notice.

    Thomas Mars, Nutt's Arkansas-based attorney, has consistently stated he wanted an apology — and sometimes more than that — from the university for what he considered a smear campaign against his client.

    "Certain statements made by University employees in January 2016 appear to have contributed to misleading media reports about Coach Nutt. To the extent any such statements harmed Coach Nutt's reputation, the University apologizes, as this was not the intent," the university said in a statement. "The NCAA's Notice of Allegations dated January 22, 2016, did not name or implicate Coach Nutt in any misconduct, and it would have been inappropriate for any University employee to suggest otherwise."

    Throughout the past few months, the university didn't feel an apology or any further compensation for Nutt was necessary.

    When asked if any compensation was included in the settlement, lawyers from both parties declined to say anything more than their statements.

    n a statement, Nutt said: "I am pleased to put the lawsuit behind me. Best wishes to the future of the Ole Miss Football program."

    Freeze was the main casualty of this lawsuit.
  • #65 by jbcarol on 31 Oct 2017
  • Details of Houston Nutt’s settlement with Ole Miss finally revealed


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        The agreement states that neither side will sue the other and that each side will pay its own bills.

        Nutt “discharges and releases” all claims including “compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees and expenses and all costs of litigation.”

        The university agrees to the same.

        The public statements on behalf of Nutt and the university that were released by the university appear in the document, and both sides agree not to discuss the settlement with media “either directly or indirectly” other than to acknowledge its resolution.
  • #66 by jbcarol on 01 Dec 2017
  • Why are Ole Miss players retaining the services of Nutt attorney Thomas Mars?

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    Ole Miss' long-awaited NCAA verdict arrives Friday morning.

    Depending on what happens, players may be able to transfer without penalty. If there's no additional bowl ban, that won't be the case. Either way, some players and families aren't taking chances.

    Safety Deontay Anderson retained the services of Houston Nutt's attorney, Thomas Mars, and claimed he was misled about Ole Miss' NCAA infractions. Anderson, who redshirted this season, requested his release and was granted a full one by Ole Miss.

    Mars confirmed that Anderson wasn't the Ole Miss player/family who has retained his services on Monday and said: "As of this evening, it's more than one, but less than 11."
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