Say you were an Ole Miss student or recent alum or, for that matter, any alum during or after the Houston Nutt tenure in Oxford. With a very long side-eye toward our friend and beguiled colleague Gray Hardison, you too felt something of a, well, despondence toward Ole Miss football in that era. As well you should.
Well, Houston Nutt — former coach of the Ole Miss Rebels’ football program, and most recently of CBS Sports’ stellar in-house college football coverage team on autumn Saturdays — is suing Ole Miss for embarrassment stemming from alleged statements made on the part of athletics department officials and Hugh Freeze defaming his good name in college football coaching.
He’s seeking MERELY an apology, apparently. How does an athletics department formally apologize to a former, detested employee, one wonders? Let’s ask Mike Leach.
Here’s Nutt’s attorney’s statement to Antonio Morales of the Clarion-Ledger:
The settlement proposal we presented to Ole Miss earlier [Friday] is focused on the apology Houston Nutt has consistently asked for and fully deserves. After all, there’s no longer any doubt about what happened here. (emphasis added)
And the official statement from Nutt’s attorney to Morales and the C-L:
Here's Thomas Mars' statement regarding his settlement proposal in the Houston Nutt lawsuit vs. Ole Miss. pic.twitter.com/qLk5a4O2N7— Antonio Morales (@AntonioCMorales) August 5, 2017
(Let’s pause to appreciate that Nutt and his attorney are cracking actually hilarious jokes in legal submissions. That’s wonderful.) This, of course, for Hootie Dale ain’t a MORAL matter — merely one of Hootie Dale still looks good, y’all. [STRONG CRINGE AND POINT AT A FORMER OLE MISS COACH]. “This lawsuit was never about money.” What about that lost wages appellation? Is that not about money.
This is about embarrassment, and also somehow about morality; but mainly about embarrassment.
Anyway, never mind, of course, that Nutt failed to win an SEC game in 2011. Never mind that embarrassment. We don’t remember it here at RCR, in any case.
embarrassing embarrassment lawsuit discovery, of course, spurred on by Rebel fan-shop investigator Steve Robertson, uncovered an illicit phone call to a Tampa based escort service in January 2016 from former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, initiating Freeze’s resignation and a shiny maroon-and-white black eye on Rebel athletics.
Never mind. You want to read about Ole Miss sports? Go read Maroon and White Nation — A Mississippi State Bulldogs Site, News, Blogs, Opinions, Rumors and More.
We’re here to talk about this stupid Houston-Nutt-signed football. And its place beneath a late-model white Chevy’s tires. HELL YEAH, Y’ALL.
Round 1 w/ @CBSCoachNutt @ToTheRebs @RedCupRebellion pic.twitter.com/RuCKm6YJO2— Will Fletcher (@fletwill) August 4, 2017
[EXTREMELY HATIN’ ASS SPURRIER VOICE]
DAMN, THAT THING ROLLED OVER LIKE OLE MISS’ 2011 DEFENSE AT VANDERBILT.
DAMN, THAT THING ROLLED OVER LIKE OLE MISS’ 2011 DEFENSE AGAINST BAMA.
DAMN, THAT THING ROLLED OVER LIKE OLE MISS’ 2011 DEFENSE AT AUBURN.
DAMN, THAT THING ROLLED OVER LIKE OLE MISS’ 2011 DEFENSE AT F***ING KENTUCKY.
DAMN, THAT THING ROLLED OVER LIKE OLE MISS’ 2011 DEFENSE AGAINST LSU.
DAMN, THAT THING ROLLED OVER LIKE OLE MISS’ 2011 DEFENSE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE.
Gonna go have a bourbon or something. Mercy.