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Report: Houston Nutt Offers To Settle If Ole Miss Apologizes And Pays Respect To The Ethics

Report: Houston Nutt Offers To Settle If Ole Miss Apologizes And Pays Respect To The Ethics
From Deadspin - August 7, 2017

Ole Miss can make this whole self-induced Houston Nutt headachewhich is now just one headache among manygo away if it just admits it lied about the details of some recruiting violations and forks over a half-a-million bucks in the name of sports ethics.

Ole Missreceived a settlement offer from the legal team of former Rebels head coach Houston Nutt on Friday afternoon; on Monday, ESPN reported on the details of the settlement: A formal apology from Ole Miss and a $500,000 donation to fund acommission on sports ethics for the state of Mississippi.

The settlement offer comes less than a month after Nutt filed a lawsuit against the Rebels, claiming recently fired head coach Hugh Freeze, athletic director Ross Bjork, and a sports information director violated Ole Misss separation contract with Nutt by spreading lies about him to various members of the press.

The lawsuit alleges the trio spoke privately with at least seven journalists throughout January 2016, hoping to convince them that the majority of recruiting violations being pursued by an NCAA investigation occurred while Nutt was the Rebels head coach. Upon discovering this, Nutt demanded Ole Miss and their employees apologize and renounce their claims; when they refused to, well, Nutt filed his suit and went scorched earth.

Freeze is now out of a job, his name synonymous with escorts and dumb ass, while disturbing rumors from his high school days continue to resurface. Meanwhile, the NCAA is still licking its chops, preparing to tear Ole Miss to shreds during the ruling and appeals process; and the university, its multi-million dollar brand in tatters, is still trying to play hardball with Freezes semi-private (for some reason) phone records so as to avoid an even biggers**tshow.

The time for simple apologies has long passed, according to Nutts lawyer, Thomas Mars, who said that while an initial apology could have sufficed, Ole Miss will have to reach into its coffers to avoid a juicy discovery period and an additional lawsuit. In announcing the settlement offer sans details, Mars passed along the following statement last Friday:

The settlement proposal we presented to Ole Miss earlier today is focused on the apology Houston Nutt has consistently asked for and fully deserves. After all, theres no longer any doubt about what happened here.

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