HATTIESBURG (NCAA.org & SouthernMiss.com) - The NCAA Division 1 Committee of Infractions released their report on allegations involving former Southern Miss men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall.
The Committee concluded that The University of Southern Mississippi had committed Level I and Level II violations and adopted various penalties against the program. Those penalties do not include any further postseason ban; therefore, the men’s basketball team will be eligible to participate in both the Conference USA and NCAA tournaments next season. The Committee also concluded that former coaches and members of the men’s basketball staff committed Level I and Level II violations. Importantly, no member of the current coaching staff and no current student-athletes were involved in the violations.
Former head coach Donnie Tyndall received a 10-year show cause penalty. That means that if Tyndall is hired by another NCAA school from 2016-2026, he will be suspended from all coaching duties. Following that 10-year period, any school that hires Tyndall has to suspend him from the first half of the season.
Southern Miss also received three years of probation, starting in the 2017 season. The Golden Eagles will lose 5 scholarships over a three-year period.
The NCAA said that Tyndall "directed members of his staff to complete fraudulent coursework for seven prospects so they could be immediately eligible to compete. The former head coach also facilitated cash and prepaid credit card payments to two prospects from former coaches."
Southern Miss responded to the NCAA report.
President Rodney D. Bennett said, “I would like to thank the NCAA Committee on Infractions for their service and for the opportunity to appear before them earlier this spring. Now that their work is complete, we can focus on rebuilding our men’s basketball program as we work to provide the quality experience our student-athletes, alumni, and fans desire and deserve.”
Director of Athletics Bill McGillis said, “I am very pleased that this matter has reached its conclusion and that we can move forward in a positive manner. We respect the Committee’s decision and appreciate that they recognized our level of cooperation and the affirmative steps the University took to expedite the final resolution of the case. Maintaining an unwavering commitment to integrity, and a strong culture of rules compliance, is fundamental to our athletics program and a core value that can never be compromised. I am very proud of the way Coach Sadler, his staff and the outstanding young men in our program have persevered over the last two seasons through extraordinary adversity which was not of their making. We have a bright future in men’s basketball and there are great days ahead for our program.”
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Doc Sadler said, “I want to thank our administration and our fans for being supportive of our basketball program and players during the last two years. Most importantly, I want to thank our players for having a tremendous work ethic and outstanding attitude during these difficult times. As a result of some of the penalties imposed, we will face some challenges in the near future. However, because of our great fan support and our players’ commitment, I am very excited about the future and our ability to return our program to a championship level.”
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