Nutt's lawsuit vs. Ole Miss will move to state court

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After nearly a five-year investigation that now centers on football, the Rebels' hearing with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions is set for September 11 in Covington, Kentucky.

In the one-page filing, Biggers wrote: "Defendants argue that jurisdiction is lacking because both the University of MS and the Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning are arms of the state of MS and, consequently, are not "citizens" of any state for purposes of diversity jurisdiction".

In exchange for testimony against Ole Miss and its coaches, Lewis was granted immunity by the NCAA enforcement staff.

Biggers Jr. granted a motion by the university, its athletic foundation, and the state's Board of Trustees to dismiss the former football coach's breach of contract claim due to a lack of jurisdiction.

In July, the Associated Press reported Ole Miss has been notified of 21 potential rules violations, 15 of which have been classified as Level I infractions.

And now the NCAA has released a description of all 21 alleged violations in question. A final ruling is expected by mid-November.

A U.S. District Court judge in MS dismissed former Ole Miss football head football coach Houston Nutt's civil lawsuit against the university and its board of trustees on Wednesday.

Freeze resigned July 20th when the school found what it said was a "pattern of personal misconduct" after an investigation into Freeze's phone records. Ole Miss is contesting several of the allegations, including a lack of institutional control, cash payouts by boosters and a failure to monitor on the part of Freeze. The school has already pleaded guilty and self-imposed a post-season ban for 2017 and the loss of scholarships, as well as forfeited its share of post-season revenue from the SEC, which could be as much as $7.8 million.

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