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Hugh Freeze filibusters, sticks to script of doomed campaign

14 July, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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John Daughaday told Local 24, "Since we're on the topic of Houston Nutt, he kinda, I hate to say he drug us down, but when he left in 2011 we were down bad".

Nutt alleged that Freeze and other Ole Miss employees lied to several prominent reporters in an attempt to pin the Rebels' troubles on Nutt.

Nutt served as Ole Miss' head coach for four years and was sacked following a 2-10 season in 2011.

"They've been unwavering in their support of me", Freeze said of the Ole Miss athletic department and administration.

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.

He noted that the NCAA's original Notice of Allegations - a 47-page document detailing Ole Miss' discrepancies - featured Freeze's name "10 times" while making zero mention of Nutt.

"I would love to share my options on it, but it's a legal case, and I just can't comment".


"Be accountable through adversity", Freeze said while discussing his team's motto this year while dealing with all of the off-the-field issues.

Later, Freeze admitted that his program did create the cloud swirling over it.

Nutt's lawyer, Walter Morrison, said he didn't want to "try the case in the media".

Ole Miss is now appealing the results of an NCAA investigation that found the school and program staff members guilty of 15 Level I recruiting violations, including a lack of institutional control charge leveled against Freeze.

"It is now clear that [the reporter's] unnamed sources gave him false and misleading information", the lawsuit states.

Nutt's lawsuit also cited a public statement by Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork on January 30, 2016, that said "many of the allegations date back to the former football staff in 2010". "Coach Freeze falsely stated that most, if not all, of the NCAA's allegations involved "Houston Nutt" and his staff. If he can get to that part mentally, see what they are trying to do to stop us, and if he can see it before it happens, I think his ceiling is very high". Ole Miss players at Media Days rallied behind their coach. 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.

"We don't pay attention to anything", said offensive lineman Javon Patterson.

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