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Another Division I coach loses their job in the wake of the Donnie Tyndall scandal


The mess Donnie Tyndall created — which will likely end up with him receiving a massive penalty from the NCAA — has claimed another victim.

That would be Tyson Waterman, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com. In the redacted version of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations to Southern Miss, Waterman shows up as “Student Athlete I’s high school head coach” and is referred to as a former assistant at “NCAA institution 3”. Watermen spent four seasons as the head coach at Believe Prep in South Carolina, where Shadell Millinghaus, Leroy Fludd and Thaddeus Hall all attended before committing to Southern Miss late in the spring of 2013. Millinghaus, Fludd and Hall are all natives of Brooklyn.

Waterman refused to turn over bank records to the NCAA during the investigation after he was accused of “receiving payment for the commitments of recruited men’s basketball prospective student-athletes.” As an employee of a Division I institution, he is required to cooperate with any NCAA investigation. Since the NCAA doesn’t have subpoena power, the way they force cooperation is to hammer anyone that lies or refuses to turn over evidence. Waterman did the latter and was charged with unethical conduct and obstructing an investigation, a Level I violation.

CBSSports.com was the first to report the news.

Millinghaus enrolled at Southern Miss as a Prop 48 recruit, meaning that he was ineligible to play or receive a scholarship as a freshman. Millinghaus, listed as “Student Athlete I” in the Notice of Allegations, was investigated for receiving $2,000 in cash and gift cards from Tyndall to help pay for his tuition. Waterman is accused of scheming with Tyndall to make the former appear to be the source of that money — which is legal under NCAA rules — instead of Tyndall’s personal funds.

The ties go deeper than that. Fludd and Hall eventually wound up at Jones County Junior where they won an NJCAA Division I national title with Jay Ladner in 2014. Ladner was then hired as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana, hiring Waterman onto his staff. Fludd signed a Letter of Intent with Southeastern Louisiana, although it is unclear if he will be enrolling at the school this fall. He played just three games at JCJC this season.

Ladner also brought in Millinghaus’ brother, Derrick, from Ole Miss as a transfer. A source told NBCSports.com that Shadell was set to transfer out of USM and into Southeastern Louisiana after the first semester of the 2014-15 season. But Derrick “went ineligible” and left the program. Shadell returned to USM, missing a total of 11 games. He ended the season with a 25 point performance in a loss to Louisiana Tech.


Ex-Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall makes his pro wrestling debut (VIDEO)

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Donnie Tyndall’s made his debut in professional wrestling on Saturday night.

The ex-Volunteers coach was ringside as the manager of the Heavenly Bodies, a tag team in the main event of the Global Force Wrestling Grand Slam Tour. The show took place at Smokies Park in Knoxville, home of Tennessee Smokies, the AA minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Tyndall came out with typical coaching attire, equipped with a whistle and clipboard. According to Adam Greene of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tyndall also got in on the action:

Tyndall’s moment as a heel lasted just until the end of the match. The Heavenly Bodies didn’t abide by the rules and Tyndall made what they call a “babyface turn” in the business, and clubbed one of the wrestlers over the head with his clipboard. It was something Tyndall has dreamed of doing for a long time to basketball referees and opposing coaches.

Following the match, Tyndall tweeted that he had retired from professional wrestling.

Tyndall was fired by Tennessee on March 27 after one season, as a result of an NCAA investigation into violations that he committed as head coach at Southern Miss.Former Texas head coach Rick Barnes was hired four days later. The Volunteers were 16-16 this past season, finishing 10th in the SEC.


Tennessee fires head coach Donnie Tyndall after one season

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Head coach Donnie Tyndall has been fired by Tennessee as a result of an NCAA investigation into violations that he committed as head coach at Southern Miss, the school announced on Friday.

The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.
According to its release, Tennessee concluded that Tyndall is, “highly likely to be found responsible for serious (e.g., Level I and/or Level II) violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at another institution.”

“It is disappointing that we have to take this action.” said Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart in the release. “It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA’s infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee.”

Tyndall was interviewed twice by Tennessee, and according to reports on Thursday, the NCAA held a conference call with the Tennessee officials alerting them of what Tyndall would be charged with.
During Tyndall’s one and only season at Tennessee the team finished 16-16 and 7-11 in the SEC. A former head coach at Morehead State before his stop at Southern Miss, Tyndall owns a career 216-122 record during nine seasons as a Division I head coach.