Houston Nutt files lawsuit against Ole Miss' athletic foundation

Houston Nutt has filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss' athletic foundation et al, his attorney Thomas Mars confirmed Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed for a breach of Nutt's Ole Miss severance agreement, per Mars. The suit was filed in Federal Court, Norther District of Mississippi Oxford Division.

Nutt's complaint can be read here.

Lee Tyner, Ole Miss' general counsel said in a statement: "We have not yet been served with the lawsuit, but we are aware it has been filed. We were provided a short copy a short time ago. We will carefully review Coach Nutt's claims and respond in due course."

Per the complaint, the contract breach allegedly stems from: "certain false and defamatory statements made by and on behalf of the Defendants in connection with an NCAA investigation of the Ole Miss football program."

Hugh Freeze, Ross Bjork and Kyle Campbell, Ole Miss' associated athletic director for communications, were referenced early in the complaint.

Mars, in the complaint, alleges the trio came to an agreement to carefully orchestrate a misinformation campaign to mislead media, prospects and university boosters about NCAA matters.

The complaint alleges Bjork knew Freeze "had knowingly lied to the journalists and recruiting prospects by saying that the NCAA’s investigation had little, if anything, to do with him or his coaching staff and was instead focused on alleged rules violations by Coach Nutt’s staff."

The complaint essentially states that: As a direct result of the defendants' breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, Nutt is entitled to all damages allowed under Mississippi law to include: lost wages, emotional distress, embarrassment, attorney's fees and punitive damages.

Nutt coached at Ole Miss from 2008 through '11. He won back-to-back Cotton Bowls before posting a four-win season in '10 and a two-win season in '11.

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Contact Antonio Morales at 601-961-7117 or amorales2@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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