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Nutt suit part of Freeze's downfall

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The man whom Hugh Freeze replaced as Mississippi's football coach was at least partially responsible for Freeze's stunning downfall.

It was a recently filed civil lawsuit from Houston Nutt - who coached Ole Miss from 2008 to '11 - against the university that unearthed the phone records that eventually revealed Freeze's school-issued cellphone had dialed an escort service on at least one occasion in 2016.

Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found that the coach engaged in a "pattern of personal misconduct" that was unacceptable. The 47-year-old - who was making more than $5 million per year - will receive no buyout, according to Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork.


Vols DC Shoop: Lawsuit won't be issue

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop doesn't expect a lawsuit filed against him by his former employer to be a distraction as the Volunteers' defense attempts to bounce back from a disappointing season.

Penn State sued Shoop for breach of contract over the circumstances of his January 2016 departure. Shoop has filed a counterclaim indicating he was forced out rather than leaving Penn State on his own.


OJ paroled from prison for botched heist

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.

Simpson, 70, could be released as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.


Florida starting S Harris out for year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during conditioning drills, a significant setback for a defense already replacing seven starters.

Harris sustained the season-ending injury while running with teammates on Wednesday.


Scandal-driven coaching changes rough

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze resigned instead of being fired Thursday for what Ole Miss called a pattern of personal misconduct.

Preseason practice is set to open in Oxford, Mississippi, in weeks. The Rebels are a month and a half away from starting the season against South Alabama.


Tide RB Emmons transfers to JUCO school

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama running back B.J. Emmons has transferred to Hutchinson Community College.

Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said Thursday that Emmons has already arrived at the Kansas junior college.


Vols not fazed by meek expectations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee doesn't mind adopting an underdog mentality a year after the Volunteers failed to meet preseason expectations.

The Volunteers have been picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division by the league's media. They didn't have any first-team selections on the media's preseason all-SEC team.

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