"We don't think [about future suspensions]" Freeze said.
The lawsuit also accuses Ole Miss of violating its 2011 severance agreement between Nutt and the school.
"They've been unwavering in their support of me", Freeze said of the Ole Miss athletic department and administration.
After news surfaced yesterday that former Ole Miss player Houston Nutt was suing the university for defamation, you knew it it wasn't going to be an easy press conference for head coach Hugh Freeze.
Nutt claims newspaper reports and posts on social media by reporters after "off the record" conversations with Freeze and others made it seem the violations occurred during Nutt's four years as Ole Miss coach.
He noted that the NCAA's original Notice of Allegations - a 47-page document detailing Ole Miss' discrepancies - featured Freeze's name "10 times" while making zero mention of Nutt.More news: Jupiter's Great Red Spot to Be Investigated Soon
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"I would absolutely love to share my opinion on that, but unfortunately it's a legal case and I can't comment", Freeze said.
It fed a doomed campaign for empathy that's been wobbling along for awhile now; For the fifth time in six years, Freeze said, he had to field questions he wished didn't exist.
Later, Freeze admitted that his program did create the cloud swirling over it. Nutt's lawsuit against the university, the university's athletics foundation, and its Board of Trustees accused Freeze, Rebels AD Ross Bjork and sports information director Kyle Campbell of smearing him in an attempt to pin its ongoing investigation on him. "We've got to be responsible for the areas in which we were deficient in ... that we didn't either react or act properly ... whether it was staff or whether it was boosters". Ole Miss received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in 2016 that alleged 13 rules violations, including nine that happened during Freeze's tenure.
Nutt's lawyer, Walter Morrison, said he didn't want to "try the case in the media".
The NCAA alleges fraud in connection with a standardized test scam for former football staff member David Saunders and former assistant coach Chris Vaughn. "The sources who lied to [the reporter] before he wrote this story did so for the goal of creating a false public narrative that would deflect the heat created by the NCAA investigation from coach Freeze to coach Nutt".
Toughest question Freeze faced: With your team facing a bowl ban this season, are there any extra steps to keep your players motivated for the upcoming year? Ole Miss is disputing that charge, among others. Adversity tends to crumble people a part or brings guys together. "I think we are going to take that chip on our shoulder going into the season".