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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...
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 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

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Houston Nutt: ‘I wasn’t jumping for joy’ after Hugh Freeze’s resignation at Ole Miss



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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
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 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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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.
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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?
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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."
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