Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze considers the timing of the lawsuit filed by former Rebels coach Houston Nutt to be curious.
Speaking to Ole Miss reporters Thursday at SEC Media Days, Freeze called the timing of the release of Nutt’s lawsuit on Wednesday to be “a bit ironic,” since it happened a day before Freeze was scheduled to speak in Hoover, Ala. However, Freeze side-stepped the issue by saying he’s “not at liberty” to discuss it.
“I would love to share my opinions on it, but it’s a legal case and I just can’t comment on it,” Freeze said via OM Spirit’s Ben Garrett. “I’m not at liberty to do that.
“It seems a bit ironic that the timing was what it was, but it is what it is.”
Nutt’s lawsuit alleges Freeze contacted journalists “off the record” with a false narrative regarding the NCAA violations concerning Ole Miss. Nutt finished 24-26 (10-22 SEC) in his four years as the Rebels coach. He received a $4.35 million lump sum payment in January 2013 as a buyout of his contract. Freeze said he hasn’t had much contact with Nutt since taking over Ole Miss’ program before the 2012 season.
Later Thursday morning, Freeze will address SEC reporters in a larger setting. He’s expected to face more questions about Nutt and the NCAA investigation involving his program, which led to a self-imposed bowl ban for the coming season, among other things.
“We have taken responsibility for the things all along that we’ve done,” Freeze said via Garrett. “Our administration, they’ve instituted what they thought to be the things we needed to do to rectify what we’ve done. We’re talking double-digit scholarships, a bowl ban, millions of dollars lost, severe recruiting restrictions. Now we’re at the stage where we feel like we’ve taken responsibility.”