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Nutt Offers To Settle Lawsuit With Ole Miss

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A report from Yahoo’s Pat Forde claims that Houston Nutt is willing to settle the lawsuit that he filed against the University of Mississippi back in July. The settlement claims that Nutt isn’t looking for money from Ole Miss, but instead wants the University to make a $500k donation to fund a commission on integrity in Mississippi college sports.

Nutt coached the Rebels from 2008-2011 and believes that the current administration sought to use him as a scapegoat for the NCAA allegations levied against the program. The defendants named in the lawsuit, which can be viewed here, are the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, The University of Mississippi, and the Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning. Nutt and his attorney’s claim that the University ran an orchestrated “smear campaign” against the former Rebel coach and hindered his ability to get another coaching job in college football.
While speaking with USA Today last week, Nutt’s lawyer, Thomas Mars discussed that money has not been a motivation for the lawsuit.
“Contrary to what some people have suggested about Coach Nutt’s motives, the settlement proposal we submitted today isn’t designed to put money in Houston’s bank account,” Mars said. “This lawsuit was never about money. Beginning many months ago and continuing until today, Houston’s issues with Ole Miss have been about honor, the preservation of his well-earned good name and reputation for integrity, and accountability.
The lawsuit filed by Nutt led to the investigation of now former head coach Hugh Freeze’s phone records which ultimately led to his resignation after Chancellor Jeff Vitter and Athletic Director Ross Bjork found a concerning “pattern of behavior.”
The university has not yet responded to the settlement offer, but HottyToddy.com will update this story as more information becomes available.

Steven Gagliano is the managing editor of HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at steven.gagliano@hottytoddy.com

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