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Report: NCAA misses deadline in Tyndall appeal

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Former Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall’s fight with the NCAA took an odd turn Wednesday.

Tyndall’s lawyer asserts that the NCAA missed a deadline Tuesday to respond to his appeal of the 10-year show-cause penalty levied against him, according to

The deadline was originally July 5, but the NCAA received a two-week extension, which came and went Tuesday without a filing. As such, Tyndall and his attorney are asking the Infraction Appeals Committee to not allow the Committee on Infractions to submit a response in the future.

In April, the Committee on Infractions ruled that Tyndall “acted unethically and failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance when he directed his staff to engage in academic misconduct” during his time at Southern Miss prior to leaving for Knoxville.

Tyndall was fired by Tennessee after one season in 2015 amid the NCAA investigation. Currently, he is the president and general manager of T-N-G Prep in Athens, Tenn., according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Former Southern Miss head coach vows to fight NCAA sanctions

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Friday afternoon the NCAA Committee on Infractions announced its decision regarding its investigation into the Southern Miss men’s basketball program, which at the time of the rules violations was being led by Donnie Tyndall. The violations, which included improper benefits being given to athletes and academic fraud, resulted in a two-year postseason ban (already served, as the school self-imposed this) and show cause penalties for Tyndall and three other coaches.

Tyndall’s show cause was the most severe, as he received a ten-year penalty only matched by former Baylor head coach Dave Bliss in its severity. And this isn’t a “standard” show cause either, as Tyndall would be suspended for the duration of the penalty in addition to six months tacked on to the end of it. That’s a lot for a school to absorb should they look to hire Tyndall (not to mention the violations, which for many schools would rule Tyndall out immediately), so it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see him coaching an NCAA program any time soon.

Monday Tyndall appeared on SiriusXM “College Sports Nation” with Chris Childers to discuss the penalties handed down by the NCAA, and as one would expect he found them to be excessive. Tyndall also mentioned the testimony of Adam Howard, who worked for him at both Southern Miss and Tennessee, questioning the NCAA’s use of Howard’s testimony as part of the investigation.

“Absolutely shocked. Made me absolutely sick to my stomach,” Tyndall said on the show. “The reality of it is before the investigation started I was alleged to have paid for two Prop-48 kids sit out year. After the investigation ran its course it was proven that I did not give either kid one penny. So that’s a big part of the investigation and I feel like a 10 year show cause for some junior college guys that some schoolwork was done unbeknownst to me – I understand my responsibility as the head coach, I’ve said that from day one – this should have been a coach control penalty just like Coach Boeheim and Coach Brown got. And for whatever reason they decided to believe one person (Howard) who had said two different stories, the same story in two separate interviews and we had to fire him from Tennessee, then he changed his story in March for full immunity, and was looking himself at a 10-1 charge which is unethical conduct.And when he changed his story for full immunity said that I was the one that knew about the academic stuff, I was the one that directed it.”

“Forty other people, 50 different interviews in this case and not one person said that that was true. In fact, many many people said the exact opposite of what this guy said,” Tyndall continued. “So for them to believe one guy who had already said a different story on two different occasions, over 40 other people and 4000 pages of documentation – now think about that – 4000 pages and not one word of one sentence on one page linked me to any of that academic stuff. Again, I’m the head coach, it happened and I’m responsible for that but to be charged with knowing about it or having your hands on it, it’s wrong, it’s dead wrong. And I’ll fight it and do everything I can to protect my name forever, until I go in the dirt. Trust me, I’m fighting it to the very end.”

What comes of Tyndall’s fight against the NCAA remains to be seen, but it should come as no surprise that he (or anyone in a similar spot) would vow to not go down without looking to defend themselves by all available means. With the length of the penalty being what it is, Tyndall really doesn’t have much of a choice if he wants to return to an NCAA program.

The violations themselves would make that tough to begin with, but not coaching an NCAA program for ten-plus years before making a return? At this point Tyndall has nothing to lose by looking to fight the NCAA’s ruling.

Southern Miss self-imposes postseason ban for second straight year

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Last season Southern Miss, which was being investigated by the NCAA for possible rules violations that occurred under Donnie Tyndall, took the step of self imposing a postseason ban. Of course Doc Sadler’s Golden Eagles, who finished the season with just nine wins, were unlikely to play in the postseason but such moves are made to placate the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Sunday night Southern Miss announced just days before their regular season opener that they’ve decided to self-impose a postseason ban for the 2015-16 season as well.

“I am very disappointed for the current members of our men’s basketball team and coaching staff, none of whom were involved in any alleged violation of NCAA rules,” Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said in the release. “While excruciating due to the impact on the young men in our program today, the decision to withhold our team from postseason competition following the 2015-16 season is appropriate given the findings of the recent university and NCAA review of our program.”

It goes without saying that this is an unfair situation for Sadler, who had nothing to do with the seven Level I rules violations (the most severe variety), his coaching staff and the players. None of those individuals had anything to do with those alleged violations, and in the case of the coaching staff none were there working for Tyndall before he moved on to Tennessee (where he was fired after just one season as a result of this investigation).

But given the way penalty structures are set up, it’s the coaches and players who are currently on campus who are made to pay for past transgressions. The timing of this is unfortunate to say the least, as the four seniors on the roster don’t have the opportunity to at the very least look into transferring to a school eligible for postseason play without penalty. While some may use that as a reason to criticize the NCAA, this is the best they can do and it’s a system that was set up by the member schools.

Tyndall spent just two seasons in Hattiesburg, winning 56 games and taking Southern Miss to the quarterfinals of the Postseason NIT in both years. But those on-court achievements have come at a significant cost, one that keeps Sadler and company from achieving some semblance of success themselves.

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 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. 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 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
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.