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10 August 2017, 02:43 | Ken Black
Court Dismisses Houston Nutt's Lawsuit Against Ole Miss
The one-page filing Wednesday said the federal court "lacks jurisdiction under the pleadings as presented" and the suit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers.
The lawsuit, filed on July 12, cited breach of contract and breach of good faith and fair dealing.
Nutt's lawyer Tom Mars released a statement saying, "All the lawyers involved in this case know we could have easily avoided this jurisdictional defense and stayed in federal court by just suing the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation and dropping Ole Miss and the Board from the lawsuit".
The lawsuit stated then-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and other school officials created a "false narrative" in an effort to place primary blame on Nutt for the NCAA investigation instead of Freeze.
Nutt plans to re-file the lawsuit in state court, ESPN reported. Those statements violated his separation agreement, the lawsuit alleges.
The NCAA sent Ole Miss a notice of allegations in January 2016 and an amended version in February 2017, which includes 21 alleged violations of NCAA rules.
Nutt offered Monday to settle with the school under certain conditions: a public apology from Ole Miss, and $500,000 to create an integrity for college sports commission in Mississippi. Freeze, 47, guided the Rebels to a 39-25 record and two New Year's Six bowl appearances in five seasons.
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