Former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer Wednesday, alleging key figures including current football coach Hugh Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork violated the school's 2011 severance agreement with him by pushing a false public narrative that the bulk of its ongoing NCAA infractions case involved violations that occurred under Nutt's watch. Freeze is scheduled to speak Thursday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. Ole Miss is expected to appear in front of the NCAA's committee on infractions later this year. The school has been accused of 21 violations tied to its football program, a number of which Ole Miss has already acknowledged occurred. The school instituted a self-imposed bowl ban for the 2017 season but is fighting the most serious charges of lack of institutional control. It is also defending Freeze, who could face significant penalties for failure to monitor. While some of the charges date back to Nutt’s tenure, including allegations that a pair of former assistants set up fraudulent ACT exams for three recruits, the bulk of the case has always been focused on misconduct linked to Freeze’s staff. Nutt’s case alleges that Freeze, Bjork and sports information director Kyle Campbell “reached an agreement in 2014 to carry out a carefully orchestrated misinformation campaign, the specific purpose of which was to mislead the media, Ole Miss boosters, and potential recruiting prospects about the true nature of the matters that were being investigated by the NCAA.” After Yahoo! Sports reported on Jan. 29, 2016 that Ole Miss had received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, the school declined to release it publicly.
Houston Nutt files lawsuit against Mississippi after school pinned NCAA case on him
USA Today | Jul 12