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Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Top 5 Exhibits In Case of OM Fans vs Houston Nutt

Top 5 Exhibits In Case of OM Fans vs Houston Nutt

It alleges that coach Hugh Freeze and other school officials created a "false narrative" in an effort to place the primary blame on Nutt for the NCAA investigation. It included a handful of damning accusations.

Per the complaint, the contract breach allegedly stems from: "certain false and defamatory statements made by and on behalf of the Defendants in connection with an NCAA investigation of the Ole Miss football program". "The protection of Coach Freeze became the University's Number One priority in dealing with the NCAA investigation".

The lawsuit says that it "is common knowledge among sports journalists that Coach Freeze does not take kindly to criticism". Relevant to me is that you have a chance to win on any given Saturday against the greatest teams in college football. "The sources who lied to [the reporter] before he wrote this story did so for the goal of creating a false public narrative that would deflect the heat created by the NCAA investigation from coach Freeze to coach Nutt".

The Ole Miss mess is far from over but no filibuster and no amount of preaching will make either the NCAA violations or the Nutt lawsuit go away.

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

The highest drama of SEC Media Days was saved for the last of the 14 coaches to appear on Thursday, embattled Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss.

"We have not yet been served with the lawsuit, but we are aware it has been filed". "For whatever reason, the journey we've been on-obviously, some our fault-has continued for a long time".

Nutt coached Arkansas to a 75-48 overall record and 42-38 in SEC play.

Reports from various media outlets, often quoting anonymous sources, indicated the university claimed that most of the alleged violations occurred during Nutt's time as coach.

Nutt's lawyer, Walter Morrison, said he didn't want to "try the case in the media". He won back-to-back Cotton Bowls before posting a four-win season in '10 and a two-win season in '11. Ole Miss and Nutt later agreed to a $5 million one-time payment. While Freeze did not address Nutt by name or comment specifically on the lawsuit's claims, he managed to slip in several references to the suit and the controversy surrounding it-"It's the lot that we've inherited or caused in some cases"-and added that Ole Miss administrators have been "unwavering" in supporting him throughout the process".

Information for this article was contributed by The Associated Press.

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