Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nutt calls Ole Miss's bluff.

Houston Nutt called Ole Miss's bluff.  Ole Miss said that the former football coach was only interested in money after he sued the school for breach of contract in U.S. District Court.  However, Mr. Nutt offered to settle the case in exchange for a public apology and a donation of $500,000 to establish a sports integrity commission in Mississippi. The settlement dispute is currently moot after the lawsuit was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction last week although Mr. Nutt said he will re-file the lawsuit in state court.

Mr. Nutt accused former head football coach Hugh Freeze and Athletic Director Ross Bjork contacted journalists and defamed him to deflect attention to Ole Miss's NCAA problems away from themselves.  The NCAA sent two notices of allegations to the university.  Ole Miss will appear before the Committee on Infractions on September 11.

The Clarion-Ledger reported on August 3, 2017:

"Mr. Nutt’s lawyer mentioned an apology in passing in a couple of conversations and in one email earlier this spring. The University asked Mr. Nutt’s lawyer to identify statements for which Mr. Nutt wanted an apology," said Paul Stephenson, attorney for the university and the IHL board. "Mr. Nutt’s lawyer never provided anything. To be clear, this lawsuit was never about an apology. It is about money. But Ole Miss has paid Mr. Nutt everything that it ever owed him."
 Houston Nutt wasted no time in responding to Ole Miss's public statements.  He sent a settlement offer to Ole Miss the next day.  The offer  requires Ole Miss to apologize to Mr. Nutt for its alleged statements:

 In an effort to bring this matter to conclusion without the need for further litigation and discovery, I have been authorized by Houston Nutt to make the following settlement proposal:

UM, OMAF, and Coach Nutt will issue a Joint News Release that includes the following information:

1. Ole Miss makes appropriate acknowledgement of false statements made about Coach Nutt and offers appropriate apology for any resulting damage to his reputation.

2. Coach Nutt accepts and expresses appreciation for the University's apology. He also expresses his hope for positive closure of the distractions the football program has confronted in recent years. Coach Nutt confirms that his attorneys will immediately dismiss his lawsuit with prejudice and that he has signed a full release.
a. No admission of liability to Coach Nutt.

b. No admission of any conduct that might constitute a violation of NCAA Cooperation Principles.
Then there is the matter of the $500,000 donation:

UM and OMAF announce that, as a condition of the settlement of Coach Nutt's lawsuit, the Foundation will contribute $500,000 to fund the creation of an intercollegiate commission to study, make recommendations, and implement programs designed to place more emphasis on the importance of fairness and integrity in Mississippi college sports. The announcement will also include the following:

a. The commission will be chaired by Ole Miss Law School Dean Susan Duncan, or her law school faculty designee, and its members shall include at least one representative of each four-year state college and university in the State of Mississippi.

b. The commission will make a publicly-available initial report of its findings and recommendations in 2018 and will issue annual, publicly­ available reports thereafter so long as sufficient public or private funding is available to continue any programs implemented based on the commission's  recommendations.


Anonymous said...

Yes; he changed his offer after it was reported that he had filed the case in the wrong court.

Anonymous said...

Yes, let's say Ole Miss were to offer to pay $500,000 for an "Integrity" campaign...well, that would be admitting that the school was guilty in the lack thereof (of integrity) and that Ole Miss conceded that they had done something wrong...and that is not going to happen, period.

What is ironic is Nutt saying that an "integrity Panel" is needed for the State of Mississippi, when in fact Nutt had none when he was having ACT scores fixed...THAT IS RICH.

Nutt is washed up and he has bilked the State of Miss. out of all of the millions he will ever get...stick a fork in him...he is DONE! Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see he is sticking it to them. Ole Miss athletics is a bunch of rouge, snotty brats. Can't compete, so cheat. The Slave Plantation will soon go back to its rightful place at 3-8 on an annual basis.

Bye bye Brown Bears.

Hotty-Toddy Squatty-Potty!

Anonymous said...

I think both sides deserve each other.

Anonymous said...

Hail State! Love to see TSUN suffer while we prep to compete for the championship of the West.

Anonymous said...

Breech of contract you dumbasses. It's cut and dry. The "University" said bad things about him to the media which was NOT supposed to happen per the agreement ya'll signed with Nutt. The argument that the University was made up of different people at the time the contract/ agreement was signed to avoid paying damages is null.

Anonymous said...

Is this "Sports Integrity Commission" going to be consuming tax Dollars (directly or indirectly), once the wretched thing is established?

In a state so poor, we cannot take care of our elderly, our insane, and our children (or our roads, or our bridges), the LAST thing we need, is to have resources diverted to something so inconsequential as SPORTS.

Anonymous said...

Who's waiting for the other guy Freeze and company chunked under the bus to start singing like a canary.?

Anonymous said...

"Hail State! Love to see TSUN suffer while we prep to compete for the championship of the West."

Beavis: ahh .. ahh . . . he said championship of the West.

Butt-head: Huh huh . . . . yeah. . . Mullen is kool ! huh huh.

Beavis: lets get some State chicks ! huh huh . . . huh

Butt-head: they're gonna win the West . . . huh , huh . . .

Beavis: Ole miss chicks are hotter . . . huh, huh . . .

Anonymous said...

@8:50 "Hail State! Love to see TSUN suffer while we prep to compete for the championship of the West."
That's adorable

Anonymous said...

The MSU hate of Ole Miss shows exactly what wee little people they are. So sad. Their lives revolve around working to take OM down. Their lives must have no meaning. What worthless pitiful souls. Their world revolves around Ole Miss. Their Sports Information person devotes his life to tearing down another University. Well, I am an OM graduate and my life does not revolve around football. We know we are better than the inbreds. Football has nothing to do with the realities of life. Just stay in that awful ugly town of Starkville and out of Oxford. You would lower our property values.

Anonymous said...

What OM and MSU deserve is to be merged with JSU and Valley with JSU admin put in charge.

JSU then takes over the Grove and it becomes the Groove!

Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Not surprising to see black bear fans poo poo efforts to promote integrity.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, you're an attorney. You know the language of Nutt's contract shows he is screwed. By all means, keep pushing an agenda though.

Anonymous said...

Rankin-based keyboard lawyers will tell you that proposing a settlement that forces the opposing party to admit wrongdoing, all before your first hearing, is a great idea. This is another reason State fans will always be the little brother.

Anonymous said...

I live in the heart of MSU country as an Ole Miss graduate and fan. The vast majority of MSU fans are very nice, decent people who never voice crap like posted here. Anyone who feels compelled to post garbage like posted here are very unbalanced personalities with huge inferiority complex issues.

I'm a fan of Ole Miss, but not a fan of the cheating and have developed an intense dislike of Hugh Freeze because he is an absolute hypocrite.

Houston Nutt is using/wasting oxygen that a viper could be using, This asshole crashed the program, took his cash, and ran like a rodent and now feels insulted that he was accurately described after the fact. The contract did not prevent comments on his role in the football program. Any new lawsuit will fail just as he did as a coach at two SEC programs...

Anonymous said...

"We know we are better than the inbreds." Son, you are inbred, too, but sadly, too stupid to realize it. Good God, how ignorant can you be? Let's visit national coverage of that fine institution: "Ole Miss Edges Out of Its Confederate Shadow, Gingerly" NY Times, STEPHANIE SAULAUG. 9, 2017 . Here's an excerpt: " As prospective students toured the campus one day last month, a guide explained why Ole Miss fans wear church clothes to football games.

The football team, he said, represents the troops heading off to battle, harking back to 1861 when students enlisted en masse in the Confederate Army. Their families, the tradition goes, saw them off wearing their Sunday best.

Even the nickname Ole Miss may be an ode to the way things were; some historians think it comes from the name that slaves called the plantation owner’s wife. A consultant in 2014 advised the university to consider the name’s implications, a move the alumni probably would never entertain." Then think of whom the nation thinks is "inbred."

Anonymous said...

It's the arrogance and false pretentiousness of a majority of Liberal Arts U fans that make State fans want them to go down in flames.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:07, it is evidently NOT in the contract. Nutt asked for it, but Ole Miss did not agree to it. There is a vague directive in there about not needlessly bad-mouthing Nutt. That is very different from a non-disparagement clause, though.

Also, I'd still contest that of all the things of which the NCAA has accused Ole Miss, the worst things happened under Nutt's watch. Academic fraud is serious.

Anonymous said...

Attn 8:41 How do you know what is in the contract? I am asking, not arguing. Is it public? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Houston Nutt is a money grabbing piece of S**t.
Ole Miss was plundered by carpetbaggers the likes like Bennie Thompson. BTY, where did Bennie go to school at?
If you don't stand up for something you will fall for everything. Go join Bennie, Nancy Polise, Obambam, & all the other shillerling leftist like Houston Nutt.

Anonymous said...

8:14 - AM Go back up North. Who in the hell wants to be like associated with the North. Drain the swamp. Ole Miss is doing just fine. Look at all the fine big black BUCKS that play on it's football team.

Anonymous said...

you can read numbered paragraph 8. of the agreement entitled "Confidentiality and Duty of Loyalty" at the link below.....

Anonymous said...

This is nothing about a lawsuit, apology, or money. This is about stirring up a shitstorm to leave Ole Miss in shambles and the preacher off the podium. Its all about revealing what really goes on at Ole Miss and getting it out in the open through the proper channels. "Make no mistake. It's not revenge he's after. It's a reckoning"

Bill Dees said...

9:49 AM Yes, the contract language is public. It doesn't say what you think it says. This case, even if refiled in State court, will never make it past summary judgment for the defendants. The no case here. Mars has the reputation of being a terrific lawyer - probably well deserved - but he has a loser of a case.

Anonymous said...

From the outside looking in - it seems OM is imploding daily. If the administration there doesn't start conceding on some of these items in question or just stop defending the offenders. The fire is out of control and it appears they just want to argue about what color the fire engine is. Look if this isn't drained completely and soon, the big brother/little brother antics are laughable as it will clearly be Orphan (OM) and Only Child (MSU)in MS for the next decade or more. After the power outage in Oxford comes about, who know how long it will take to recover; and if there is any residue remaining after this, it will resurface as it is now. History has proven this at least once at OM; leaving bad apples in the basket will not work. And the NCAA will be watching even more closely as to how you will cleanup & rebuild. I really hate that young men and women students who were seeking a foothold in their lives have to go through this because the adults were only looking out for "the program" / "the network" / themselves. The students lose no matter the final outcome. The NCAA should allow anyone that wants to leave now - can go. It has to be poisonous on campus at OM right now and the future doesn't look to bright for anyone there.

Anonymous said...

As the arrogant UMAA fan base circles the bowl, about to head into the dark beyond of the stanky sewer, they can still be heard hollering at the tops of their voices, "But, But, you MSU people are the real turds!"

Double Courtesy-Flush please.

Anonymous said...

More State fans thumping holes in their chests to preserve "amateurism." Y'all are so righteous. We look up to you, upstanding citizens and defenders of the NCAA faith.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 4:08, as a state grad and fan, I can assure you we ain't self-righteous about it. Hell, we just suck at cheating. Frankly, we know better than to get involved with recruits that Bama and UGA are in a bidding war over. You touch the conference protected class, and you draw back a nub. We seem to do a better job of staying in our lane and understanding our role as conference hind tit-sucker.

I actually feel sorry for you jackasses. All that blatant asshattery and nothing to show for it. It must suck something fierce to know your program remains the only original west member never to have made it to Atlanta.

Anonymous said...

Lets reflect on these two articles that helped get us to where we are today. I call these, the too big for your britches series AKA "The Fortune Tellers":

This is really how these people think of Hugh Freezus and their rebels. This mindset is why so many people want to see the ship sink and why its common place to hear "it couldn't happen to a better bunch of assholes". The sad part is they think its 100% acceptable to think like this.

Anonymous said...

Please, please bring one of your own into a courthouse in Lafayette County and loudly declare officially to the world what the rest of us already know:
"We live in a world where Man is only worth his word---and our word isn't worth shit, and therefor.........."

Anonymous said...

The Ole Miss faithful will never, ever accept personal responsibility or admit to the fact their school, administration and coach are the guilty parties here. Every third post either accuses Nutt or MSU of being guilty. No different from all the mommas who cry, "My boy ain't did nunna this shit!"

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