While Tennessee moves on to the Rick Barnes era of their program, the NCAA is going to be moving into the probable penalty phase for Tyndall and Southern Mississippi basketball.
The NCAA says former Tennessee men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall committed multiple violations when he was head coach at Southern Mississippi.
Among the seven Level I violations in the report, Southern Miss is charged with arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the NCAA’s investigation.
These charge Tyndall and some of his staff members for their time at Southern Miss during 2012-2014.
Southern Miss released a joint statement from university President Rodney Bennett and athletic director Bill McGillis that acknowledged the severity of the allegations. According to a release from the Southern Miss athletics department, the school is working with the NCAA and they expect a conclusion to this before Spring 2016. “Further, the academic misconduct identified in the notice relates to coursework undertaken at other institutions prior to the students’ enrollment at USM”.
“The University understands the serious nature of the allegations and has worked collaboratively with the NCAA in reviewing this matter since last fall”, the school said in a release.
Tyndall said in a statement he was “very disappointed and saddened at the allegations of NCAA violations”. After leaving Southern Miss for the same position at Tennessee, Tyndall was fired after one season with the Volunteers as a result of the NCAA’s probe. “To the extent violations occurred, I wish I had prevented them, and I apologize to the Southern Miss community for any harm caused by violations that occurred”.
– Basketball staff members completed junior college coursework for seven prospective players, including five who eventually enrolled at the university. The notice detailed how Tyndall gave cash and prepaid cards to two student-athletes.
The NCAA’s allegations, which were sent to the school Wednesday, were largely expected. Tennessee fired Tyndall after one season due to the investigation.
This week, The University of Southern Mississippi received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA related to alleged rules violations within our men’s basketball program while under the leadership of a former head coach.
“It would not be appropriate for us to comment on the affairs of another institution”, UT spokesman Jason Yellin said Friday.
The 45-year-old Tyndall has had previous problems with the NCAA.
That would have left the Golden Eagles’ hoop program in a lurch, and Tyndall’s name should be sullied if that was the situation before he left to coach the Vols.