Ole Miss released the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations levied against the school, and it appears some heavy penalties could be on their way to Hugh Freeze and Oxford.
There is a lot of sorting out to do, but it would appear that coaches from the Hugh Freeze era are the ones who committed the majority of the alleged violations that have put a dark cloud on the program. It was not just the football program either, as there was some alleged impropriety in other sports of the school’s athletic program.
One person is feeling very vindicated by this realization: former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.
“It’s the most frustrating thing there is,” Nutt told Bruce Feldman of 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.”
Feldman reported that he and several reporters were given information from Ole Miss that seemed to suggest the Nutt regime was the cause for the majority of violations coming the school’s way. That proved to be false for sure.
Nutt told Feldman that he wonders whether the perception of alleged rule-breaking by members of his staff cost him a chance at landing jobs, considering he has been out of coaching for several years.
It should be noted Nutt is not totally blameless. The violations that occurred involving Ole Miss assistant coaches helping students take the ACT occurred on Nutt’s watch. But Nutt commented to Feldman he still has a hard time believing his assistant coaches cheated or did anything wrong.
The Ole Miss allegations are certainly a mess. The fallout is just beginning for Freeze and his program.