OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- The University of Mississippi and former football coach Houston Nutt have reached a settlement.
Nutt had filed a federal lawsuit seeking damages from the university over statements made claiming possible violations being investigated by the NCAA occured while Nutt was the head coach.
After the investigation became public, it was revealed the violations actually happened while Hugh Freeze was head coach.
Nutt claims the coaches and university officials continued to make the claims about Nutt to protect recruiting.
A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit but Nutt's attorney and the university attorney continued to discuss the pending legal action.
Under the agreement, Ole Miss admits some statements made by university officials in 2016 appear to have contributed to misleading media reports about Coach Nutt.
They say the NCAA Notice of Allegations did not name or implicate Nutt in any misconduct.
The school apologizes under the agreement saying it would have been inappropriate for any university official to suggest otherwise.
Nutt says he is pleased to put the litigation behind him.
Joint Statement from the University of Mississippi and Houston Nutt
October 16, 2017
University of Mississippi and Houston Nutt:
The lawyers who represent the University and Coach Nutt have communicated during the past few weeks to reach an agreement that would allow the parties to resolve Coach Nutt's claim while avoiding the costs and distractions associated with further litigation. The parties have reached such an agreement.
University of Mississippi:
Certain statements made by University employees in January 2016 appear to have contributed to misleading media reports about Coach Nutt. To the extent any such statements harmed Coach Nutt's reputation, the University apologizes, as this was not the intent.The NCAA's Notice of Allegations dated January 22, 2016, did not name or implicate Coach Nutt in any misconduct, and it would have been inappropriate for any University employee to suggest otherwise.
I am pleased to put the lawsuit behind me. Best wishes to the future of the Ole Miss Football program.