Houston Nutt files suit against Ole Miss

Decline comment on specific matters, defer to a future meeting with the Committee of Infractions and say things like, "It's the lot that we have inherited and we have caused in some cases".

Nutt released a statement through his attorney Wednesday saying in part, "The lawsuit speaks for itself".

Nutt coached at Ole Miss from 2008 through '11.

Coach: Hugh Freeze, sixth season (69-32 overall, 39-25 at Ole Miss).

Nutt filed a civil lawsuit against the University of MS and the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation on Wednesday, alleging breach of contract via defamation of character.

When the Notice of Allegations was made public more than four months later, there were 13 football violations alleged by the NCAA, nine of them while Freeze was head coach.

"This is the fifth year in a row I've been here and I can't talk about our players", Freeze said, wanting to turn the focus away from off-field issues. "I have my opinions, but I just can't comment on the case". It lists numerous claims that current Ole Miss football Coach Hugh Freeze and Athletic Director Ross Bjork created a "false narrative" regarding the nature of the NCAA's long-running investigation. But you can't, we've got to be responsible for the areas in which we were deficient in, that we didn't, that we didn't either react or act properly, or whether it was staff or whether it was boosters.

The suit alleges a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says Ole Miss officials made during an ongoing NCAA investigation.

The NCAA alleges fraud in connection with a standardized test scam for former football staff member David Saunders and former assistant coach Chris Vaughn.

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. "I think we are going to take that chip on our shoulder going into the season".

Wednesday was a chance for Ole Miss football fans to get a good laugh. 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. It's a big deal to be away from a game you once loved and I understand the need to coach again.