Tennessee self-reported secondary violation committed by Donnie Tyndall


Two months after he was fired, Tennessee is still dealing with NCAA issues as a result of hiring Donnie Tyndall away from Southern Miss.

Tennessee self reported a secondary violation to the NCAA stemming from the illegal contact of a recruit. According to WBIR in Knoxville, Braxton Bonds, who is currently a redshirt freshman with the Volunteers, was called twice by the Tennessee staff after he had received a release from his National Letter of Intent.

But Bonds had already enrolled at Liberty, spending a week at the school before leaving. The school needed permission to contact Bonds from Liberty, which is a Level III violation. They ceased contact when told they had not been granted permission.

Tyndall was fired by Tennessee as a result of an NCAA investigation into multiple violations that he committed while the head coach at Southern Miss. Tyndall also got in trouble with the NCAA at Morehead State stemming from the recruitment of Kenneth Faried.

Former Texas head coach Rick Barnes was hired to replace Tyndall in April.