Any doubts about Houston Nutt’s motives possibly can be put to rest. According to Yahoo reporter Pat Forde, the former Ole Miss coach isn’t seeking money for himself in his defamation of character lawsuit against the university.
Instead, Nutt is seeking something else he believes is more valuable to the community: funding to help rebuild the reputation of the state’s college sports.
Y sources: Nutt lawsuit settlement proposal seeks $0 for him; wants $500K from Ole Miss to fund commission on integrity in MS college sports
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 7, 2017
Nutt filed his lawsuit against the university in July. Chief among his complaints were allegations that then-Ole Miss 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.”
Since then, Freeze resigned after records reviewed as part of Nutt’s lawsuit showed Freeze had contacted an escort service using his Ole Miss-issued phone.
Previously, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported that Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, was pursuing records related to a burner phone in Yuma, Ariz., that appears “multiple times” in Hugh Freeze’s phone records.
Mars recently added two members to their team to help with records collection.
Freeze posted a 39-25 record in five seasons at Ole Miss.