The Houston Nutt lawsuit against Ole Miss took another turn on Friday.
First, it was reported by Antonio Morales of The Clarion-Ledger that the school had filed to dismiss the lawsuit by Nutt. The former Ole Miss coach filed the lawsuit a day before then-coach Hugh Freeze was set to speak at SEC Media Days. Before filing the lawsuit, Nutt asked for only an apology from the school.
“Nutt has attempted to create jurisdiction where none exists by misrepresenting the citizenship of the University of Mississippi and the IHL Board,” the response by the school said. “As a court of limited jurisdiction, this Court should dismiss this action in its entirety.
“Alternatively, this Court should dismiss the claims against the University and the IHL Board based on their Eleventh Amendment immunity.”
Nutt is seeking lost wages, emotional distress, attorney fees and punitive damages.
Then, later on Friday, Nutt’s attorney told Dan Wolken of USA Today the school has engaged in stonewall tactics about Freeze’s cellphone records.
“From the very outset, the university has found all kinds of creative and illegitimate reasons to delay producing documents, redact documents without legal justification,” said Thomas Mars, Nutt’s attorney.
Freeze’s phone records led to the discovery that he had placed a call to an escort service, which led to Freeze’s resignation on July 20. On Friday, the school released the names of 12 of the 14 boosters associated with the NCAA’s allegations.
Nutt has not coached since he was fired at Ole Miss after the 2011 season.