Donnie Tyndall to meet with NCAA

ByJeff Goodman ESPN logo
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall is expected to meet with the NCAA on Tuesday, sources told

Tyndall is being investigated by the NCAA for potential issues related to his tenure at Southern Mississippi. Tyndall spent two seasons at Southern Miss, taking the program to the NIT in 2013 and 2014 before being hired at Tennessee this past offseason.

Bleacher Report earlier reported that Southern Miss was under NCAA review for potential rules violations, which included improper financial aid for players. Sources told that the players in question are Matt Bingaya and Shadell Millinghaus.

Southern Miss issued a statement confirming the review but did not provide any details and said it would have no further comment. Tennessee also said that it's aware of the situation and that it did a full review of Tyndall before his hire.

"We have an extensive vetting process with all potential coaching candidates, including very specific conversations with the NCAA and school officials at Southern Miss regarding compliance during Coach Tyndall's tenure there, during which no issues were brought to our attention," Tennessee athletic department spokesman Jimmy Stanton said in a statement.

Tyndall, 44, said late last week that he had not been contacted by the NCAA. However, he will meet with the NCAA on Tuesday and has retained the counsel of Stu Brown out of Ice Miller's Collegiate Sports Practice in Indianapolis.

Sources also told that Southern Miss has hired William King of Lightfoot Law, located in Birmingham, Alabama.