Hugh Freeze apparently blamed Ole Miss booster culture on Houston Nutt

Ole Miss received tough sanctions Friday morning for a variety of recruiting violations over the years, and it sounds like former coach Hugh Freeze is blaming his predecessor.

According to the committee on infractions report, Freeze said the booster culture at Ole Miss was out of control upon his arrival.

Freeze succeeded Houston Nutt, who just got done suing the university for defamation after what he called a “smear campaign.” One result of that lawsuit was the discovery of a pattern of phone records between Freeze and a Tampa-based escort service. Freeze resigned over the summer after those calls were discovered.

Nutt and Ole Miss settled their lawsuit in October.

The NCAA may be siding with Freeze, because got off relatively scot-free from Friday’s sanctions. His show cause penalty, preventing him from being a head coach, lasts only one year and he can be hired as an assistant immediately. The show cause penalties for some of Freeze’s Ole Miss assistants last up to five years.

Furthering that point, the NCAA declined to blame the lack of an “atmosphere for compliance” on Freeze.

You can read the NCAA’s full report here.

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