NCAA slams Southern Miss basketball with violations

Former Southern Mississippi head basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall, has accrued violations via the NCAA on allegations pertaining to an irresponsible act of handing out benefits to his student-athletes, who are either ineligible or on scholarships.

Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett to the “USM Community (via Southern Miss):

“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. While the NCAA process will take several months to complete, we did not want to wait to update you as this investigation is rightfully of great interest to the USM community.

The Notice of Allegations, which has been posted at, includes charges involving serious misconduct by the former head coach and members of his staff. The alleged violations do not involve any current member of the men’s basketball team or coaching staff. Importantly, the notice does not include a charge of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor the program by the University. 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. We will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA through the remainder of the administrative process, which we do not expect to conclude before Spring 2016.

We are pleased that this phase of the review is complete and look forward to our men’s basketball program continuing to move in a positive direction. Inasmuch as this is an ongoing process, we are not able to provide additional information or comment further at this time. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we look forward to a conclusion to this matter.”

Donnie Tyndall’s Resume

Head Coach

Morehead State (Ohio Valley Conference, 2006-12): 114-85
Southern Mississippi (Conference USA, 2012-14): 56-17
Tennessee (Southeastern Conference, 2014-25): 16-16

Conference Championships: 2

2008: Morehead State 67 Austin Peay 65 (2OT)
2010: Morehead State 80 Tennessee Tech 73

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2 (0-2)

2008: (Midwest Region, L in 1st rd.): Morehead State 54 Louisville 74
2010 (Southwest Region, L in 3rd rd.): Morehead State 48 Richmond 65

Further Reading on Donnie Tyndall

University of Tennessee Fires Donnie Tyndall (ESPN)

Donnie Tyndall’s Coaching Bio (Southern Miss)

Morehead State Put on Probation for Illegal Recruiting (ESPN)

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