Houston Nutt has his lawsuit against Ole Miss dismissed

22 July 2011: Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt in SEC Media Days at Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, AL.
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Former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt brought a lawsuit against the university back on July 12, but on Wednesday afternoon, a United States District Judge granted the school’s motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.

Nutt’s lawsuit claims that his contract was breached and that the university did not operate in “good faith and fair dealing.”

The order issued by the Judge, per the Clarion Ledger, states: “In response to the instant motion, the plaintiff concedes that the defendants’ argument is meritorious and asserts ‘it is agreed that this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction.'”

Nutt served as the Rebels’ head football coach from 2008-11, posting a 24-26 record overall, with a 10-22 mark inside the SEC. The team won the Cotton Bowl each of the two years they appeared in the game under Nutt, its only two bowls wins before a 2-10 record in 2011 got him shown his walking papers.

The team instead brought in Hugh Freeze as the new head coach, who held the post since 2012 until recently. Under Freeze, the team went to four consecutive bowl games from 2012-15, winning three of them, including the Sugar Bowl during the 2015 year.

It was back in July that Freeze resigned from the job amid a female escort service scandal, a story that was uncovered during Nutt’s lawsuit.

Nutt, a three-time SEC Coach of the Year, has not returned to coaching since his firing from Ole Miss.

The 2017 installment of the Rebels will operate with former offensive coordinator Matt Luke installed as the interim head coach. The team opens its season on Sept. 2 at home against South Alabama.

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