In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday against the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, Houston Nutt alleges that current Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze made phone calls to journalists specifically to give them a false narrative concerning the allegations against the Rebels program and in an attempt to defame his character.
Per the lawsuit, a number of different journalists who cover Ole Miss were contacted “off the record” by Freeze leading up to 2016 signing day.
Two conversations came on Jan. 21, 2016, in which Freeze told his version of the narrative. One journalist contacted then went on to post on Twitter that the “majority of alleged football violations at Ole Miss tied to Saunders/Academics/previous staff, not current coaching staff.”
Another journalist posted that “the other football-related stuff dates back to the Houston Nutt era. Hearing that stuff is six years old.” That journalist also posted a story on the same day with the following statement:
“A “very minimal number” of allegations are tied to the current football staff, and those are related to former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil … Most of the football-related allegations, the source said, date back to Houston Nutt’s tenure. Nutt coached Ole Miss from 2008 through 2011.”
Ole Miss’ general counsel, Lee Tyner, issued a statement regarding the lawsuit.
“We haven’t yet been served with the lawsuit, but we are aware it has been filed. We were provided a copy a short time ago. We will carefully review Coach Nutt’s claims and respond in due course.”
Nutt went 24-26 (10-22 SEC) during his four years as head coach of the Rebels. He received a $4.35 million lump sum payment in Jan. 2013 as a buyout of his contract.