Houston Nutt files defamation lawsuit against Ole Miss

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"It's a lot we inherited and caused in some cases", Freeze said, alluding to the previous coaching staff.

When his contract was bought out at Ole Miss, he signed a separation agreement in November 2011 that he alleges in his lawsuit was violated.

Before Ole Miss admitted to eight Level 1 NCAA violations under Freeze, the school claimed the football violations mostly occurred while Nutt was the Ole Miss coach.

Freeze went on to point to the fact that no Ole Miss players have departed from the program in response to the NCAA investigation as evidence that "something is right inside the walls, between the relationships we have with our coaches and our players".

Freeze said after that a 2,755-word filibuster of an opening statement that became social media cannon fodder one day after former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed a civil lawsuit against the University of MS and the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation on Wednesday (via Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde).

The Ole Miss mess is far from over but no filibuster and no amount of preaching will make either the NCAA violations or the Nutt lawsuit go away.

"Be accountable through adversity", Freeze said while discussing his team's motto this year while dealing with all of the off-the-field issues. "I won't be making any comments about the suit". Nutt is seeking unspecified punative damages.

Nutt's lawsuit claims, according to USA Today, that phone records for Freeze, Bjork and Campbell were obtained, and they indicated they spoke with reporters who produced stories that contained misleading information about the Notice of Allegations and Nutt's involvement.

Nutt, who was the coach of Ole Miss from 2008 to 2011, claims in the suit that Freeze, Bjork and sports information director Kyle Campbell "reached an agreement in 2014 to carry out a carefully orchestrated misinformation campaign, the specific objective 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". His program is in the midst of an NCAA investigation that doesn't have an end date and has self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season.

Ole Miss also returns senior All-American Marquis Haynes.

"Adversity tends to crumble people or brings guys together", said quarterback Shea Patterson. It's a big deal to be away from a game you once loved and I understand the need to coach again. Seems I've read an very bad lot about that subject recently so it must be a big deal.

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