The three-month legal saga between Houston Nutt and Ole Miss reached its conclusion Monday afternoon.

In a joint statement, both parties announced a settlement in Nutt's lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in July, dismissed in August, then refiled in Lafayette County Circuit Court last week.

"The lawyers who represent the University and Coach Nutt have communicated during the past few weeks to reach an agreement that would allow the parties to resolve Coach Nutt's claim while avoiding the costs and distractions associated with further litigation," the statement said. "The parties have reached such an agreement."

Nutt filed the lawsuit, which alleged a breach of contract, a breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and sought punitive damages, in response to an alleged misinformation campaign led by Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss officials after the arrival of the university's Notice of Allegations from the NCAA's enforcement staff in January 2016.

Both complaints filed by Nutt outlined calls made by Ole Miss officials to several journalists around the time the university received its notice.