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Latest on Mitch Mustain's nasty breakup: lawsuit is dismissed

October 2, 2008 |  1:20 pm

Mitch Mustain

While USC backup quarterback Mitch Mustain tries to fight his way up the depth chart, people in his home state of Arkansas are still fighting over his messy departure from his former team, the Razorbacks.

Mustain -- a native of Springdale, Ark., just down the road from the university -- was a highly sought recruit thrust into the starting role as a freshman in 2006. He won a string of games but was eventually demoted, igniting a controversy.

Some fans sided with him; others agreed with then-coach Houston Nutt. The situation grew considerably uglier when Mustain received a critical e-mail from a Razorback booster and friend of the Nutt family.

On Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit accusing the university of mishandling an investigation into the much-publicized e-mail, according to the Associated Press.

Justices reportedly considered the issue moot because most of the key figures were long gone from campus. Chancellor John White had already stepped down, Nutt now coaches at Ole Miss and Mustain is with the Trojans.

-- David Wharton

Photo: USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, seen here during a practice in August. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times