Former Southern Miss, Tennessee, and Morehead State basketball coach Donnie Tyndall could be in big trouble if the NCAA allegations against him turn out to be true. Last week, a Notice of Allegations were brought on Southern Miss where Tyndall had been employed before taking over for Tennessee last season.
According to College Basketball Talk, those allegations basically say Tyndall cheated and cheated A LOT with the Golden Eagles. That isn’t a good thing if you didn’t know, but that is only where the trouble begins.
The first major offense is that Tyndall’s coaching staff allegedly did the coursework of seven recruits he was targeting, a Level I violation. Five of those seven recruits eventually signed with Southern Miss.
To add to that, one former assistant told the NCAA that Tyndall would send these staffers to the hometowns of the recruits to do the homework. That means that the NCAA wouldn’t be able to track the IP address of the computer back to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Tyndall is also accused to paying out-of-pocket room and board for two athletes who were not immediately cleared. That’s a larger violation than the previous one.
The bad thing is that those two aren’t the biggest thing Tyndall could go down for. He is charged with misleading the NCAA during this investigation. He allegedly lied during interviews and hid communication with other people involved in the investigation by deleting emails on an account at Morehead State.
Former Tennessee coach and current Auburn coach Bruce Pearl received a three-year show-cause penalty for lying about having recruits over for a barbecue. This situation with Tyndall seems to be MUCH worse.
I don’t think we will be seeing him on a basketball court for a long time. Heck, he may never be back in coaching again.
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