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.