• #1 by jbcarol on 25 May 2017

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    Houston Nutt is accusing the Rebels of making him a scapegoat for their recent NCAA troubles.

    Nutt wants the university to publicly apologize for passing blame for alleged NCAA violations onto him and his former staff at Ole Miss.

    Nutt, 59, thinks Ole Miss’ efforts to paint him as the one responsible for most of the violations has impacted his chances of landing a head coaching job.
  • #2 by jbcarol on 25 May 2017
  • HD Nutt: 'It devastates you'

    In late January 2016, Houston Nutt suddenly started getting questions about NCAA violations at his last coaching job, at the University of Mississippi.

    Questions from colleagues at CBS Sports, where Nutt was working as an analyst. Questions from coaching friends within the sport. Even questions from his mother. Emogene Nutt read the latest news back home in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and called her son asking, “What did you do?”

    “It hurts you,” Nutt said to Yahoo Sports this week. “It devastates you.”

    This was the residual effect of an Ole Miss damage-control strategy in the wake of revelations about NCAA violations – a strategy that seemed like an attempt to divert scrutiny from current coach Hugh Freeze and staff to Nutt, who was the Rebels’ head coach from 2008-11. That has left Nutt feeling wronged and seeking recourse –

    “I would hope this wouldn’t become a legal situation,” Nutt attorney Mars said. “But if the university doesn’t recognize at some point the damage that’s been done … I would like to think the appropriate action will be taken.

    “This was a smear campaign. If it weren’t so deceitful and morally wrong, it would probably go down in college football history as one of the best trick plays ever.”

    On Jan. 29, 2016, the Rebels found themselves working on crisis containment.

    Very quickly after the Yahoo Sports story broke on Jan. 29, other media outlets began publishing their own stories. Mars noted that virtually all of them had the same message: This isn’t a major problem for Hugh Freeze or the current athletic administration.

    These are some of the excerpts Mars collected from those stories:

    From SB Nation: “One Ole Miss source tells StevenSBNation they believe only five of the 32 are alleged football violations, and that coaches are ‘confident’ allegations related to the current staff are secondary violations. In addition, an NCAA source tells Bud Elliott that the ‘vast majority’ of the football allegations are more than two years old.”

    From The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger: “Most of the violations revolve around women’s basketball and track and field with a ‘very minimal’ number related to the current football staff as a result of former left tackle Laremy Tunsil, a source close to the situation said. The source added most of the football violations stem from six years ago.”
  • #3 by 311Hog on 25 May 2017
  • smear campaign baby, never see it comin!  somebody take that man to sonic.
  • #4 by HognitiveDissonance on 25 May 2017
  • Ole Miss is just following the playbook that everybody in life uses.
    As soon as someone leaves, it's easier to just blame them for everything. After all, they're not around to defend themselves. JUST BLAME THEM.

    Not going to work here. Everyone knows the NCAA wasn't prowling around Oxford until recently. I don't know how much Hugh Freeze personally is involved, but this all started with his regime, and particularly that 2013 class that caught everyone's attention.(Treadwell, Tunsil, Nkemdiche class)
  • #5 by Sed76 on 25 May 2017
  • No one wanted that clown long before the allegations came out.
  • #6 by Dwight_K_Shrute on 25 May 2017
  • He won't sue.  Neither party wants to go under oath.  At best he may get an apology or a bench named after him.
  • #7 by Pudgepork on 25 May 2017
  • Maybe they'll name the visitors bathroom after him.  The men's.  He'd probably feel honored if it was the womens
  • #8 by Sivad on 25 May 2017
  • Pretty funny.
    I anxiously await the joy of seeing Ole Miss and the defunct Nutt Family Posse slinging arrows at each other.
  • #9 by tusksincolorado on 25 May 2017
  • Pretty funny.
    I anxiously await the joy of seeing Ole Miss and the defunct Nutt Family Posse slinging arrows at each other.

    And I felt really bad about the "Golden Handcuffs". Nuttless must be running out of Ole' Piss pimp money....
  • #10 by rljjr on 26 May 2017
  • "Dear Mr. Allegation King ..."
  • #11 by jbcarol on 26 May 2017
  • #12 by LSUFan on 27 May 2017
  • Houston is a cowardly THUG!

    F him

    Now come sue me you bitch.
  • #13 by jbcarol on 03 Jun 2017

  • SpiritBen: Houston Nutt absolutely deserves blame.

    David Saunders was deep into "academic imperprieties". Nutt knew that.

    Nutt is not a sympathetic figure.  He is a vindictive, petty, pathetic person.  He always has been since he began coaching at Ole Miss.

    Kentrell Lockett talks about how Nutt used the "Circle of Trust" as a scapegoat.
  • #14 by elkhog on 03 Jun 2017
  • "Dear Mr. Allegation King ..."

  • #15 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2017

  • #16 by cosmodrum on 08 Jun 2017
  • Enough with the nutt smear...
  • #17 by jbcarol on 13 Jul 2017

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    In May, Nutt and Mars sought an apology from Ole Miss for its handling of the NCAA issue as it pertained to the former coach. “It devastates you,” Nutt said to Yahoo Sports at the time.

    No apology was forthcoming, setting the lawsuit in motion.

    Houston Nutt’s lawsuit against Ole Miss
  • #18 by HognitiveDissonance on 13 Jul 2017
  • Nutt could use his own record as 'proof' that the cheating wasn't going on in his time. They went from nine wins in 2008 to 0-8 in the SEC in 2011. Isn't that proof?

    There wasn't the NCAA sniffing around the football program in that timeframe, either.

    The Tunsil/Treadwell, Nkemdiche class was in 2013. All of this happened under Freeze. The top recruits, the improved wins, the allegations.

    I think Nutt has a great case. I hope he buries Ole Miss. They are our competitor (even though we've still been beating them every year, regardless)
  • #19 by jbcarol on 15 Jul 2017
  •  Brett McMurphy‏Verified account @Brett_McMurphy Jul 13

    If Hugh Freeze sets SEC Media Days record for longest opening statement, will it later be vacated by NCAA?
  • #20 by jbcarol on 21 Jul 2017
  •  Tim Brando‏Verified account @TimBrando 12h12 hours ago

    I wrote after news of Nutt's lawsuit this looked bad for everyone involved. It did then, and it does now. @RossBjorkAD has a difficult road.

     Brett McMurphy‏Verified account @Brett_McMurphy 12h12 hours ago

    Houston Nutt won 135 games as a college coach. None bigger than his victory today
  • #21 by joeyself on 21 Jul 2017
  • Hmmmm, Ole Miss could settle the lawsuit by bringing back Nutt as its coach for this year.

    Nah.  Never happen.

    Maybe John L. Smith is available for a year?

  • #22 by jbcarol on 21 Jul 2017

  • #23 by jbcarol on 22 Jul 2017

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    When it comes to Nutt, the ex-Ole Miss coach whose quest for vengeance became the catalyst for his successor’s demise, Patterson Sr. was not so forgiving.

    In fact, he said the only thing to really upset him in the last 18 months was Nutt’s Media Days sabotage. The suit became public knowledge one day before Ole Miss took the stage at SEC Media Days, and as a result shifted most media focus away from the school’s three player representatives: Shea Patterson, Javon Patterson and Breeland Speaks.

    “Just because he has a grudge or he has a problem with a coach, he couldn’t wait another few days to go after that guy? He had to get his moment in the sun because he doesn’t have it any more,” Patterson Sr. said. “Whether the suit was good or not, that’s not the issue. It’s always the kids who are forgotten. Not one thought was given to them. I’ve coached for 25 years. No way would I ever want to spoil a kid’s moment in the sun.

    “It was gutless. It ruined three kids’ days.”
  • #24 by jbcarol on 26 Jul 2017
  • #25 by jbcarol on 26 Jul 2017

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    Scarblog: Let me see if I have this straight.

    A Mississippi State fan with a tattoo of the school's logo on his hand helped an Arkansas lawyer - who's working for a former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach in a lawsuit against Ole Miss - take down the current Ole Miss coach. That Mississippi State fan - who's writing a book on the NCAA case against Ole Miss called Flim Flam - discovered a phone call from Hugh Freeze's university-issued cell phone to an escort service.

    Two Mississippi State players have received limited immunity from the NCAA in exchange for their testimony against Ole Miss concerning alleged recruiting shenanigans. One of those State players has developed a wicked habit of subtweeting his glee when Ole Miss suffers some sort of major indignity, like self-imposing a postseason ban or having its head coach resign in disgrace.

    A clothing store in Oxford that specializes in Ole Miss gear - named Rebel Rags - is suing those two Mississippi State players as well as the ex-stepfather of a former Ole Miss player for allegations they made to the NCAA.

    Those are just the highlights, and no one knows if this ride will end once the NCAA Infractions Committee takes its own shots at Ole Miss come the fall.