Houston Nutt relieved by results of Ole Miss investigation
Friday’s news was a disappointment for most Rebels.
Ole Miss released the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations and the school’s response, which included the announcement of self-imposed penalties of a reduction in scholarships, recruiting restrictions and a fine.
For former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, however, it was a relief. Reports citing “trusted sources” had established a narrative that most of the football team’s NCAA violations occurred on Nutt’s watch. The documents released, however, show that the majority of infractions occurred during Hugh Freeze’s tenure.
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reached out to Nutt, a former colleague, to get his reaction to the report.
“It’s the most frustrating thing there is,” Nutt told Feldman “to be on the sidelines and hear your name keep getting mentioned and mentioned. It’s hurtful. It makes you mad. I don’t have a major violation in 30 years of coaching.”
Nutt is not completely absolved of misconduct, two assistants were responsible for academic fraud, but Friday’s news is still a victory for a former coach who wants to get back in the game.
“I’m going on five years without a team,” Nutt said. “There were a few opportunities I went after. I’d love to coach again. I feel like I’ve got 10 more seasons in me.”
The current CBS Sports analyst spent 14 years coaching in the SEC at Arkansas (1998-2007) and Ole Miss (2008-11), notching a 99-74 overall record and 52-60 conference record during that period.