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USM introduces Donnie Tyndall as head men's basketball coach

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

After a "hectic" last two or three weeks, as guard Lashay Page called it, the University of Southern Mississippi has a new head men's basketball coach in place. The school formally introduced Donnie Tyndall as the nineteenth head coach of the Golden Eagles.

Tyndall comes to Hattiesburg having revitalized a door mat program at Morehead State University. After accepting the head coaching position at Morehead in 2006, Tyndall lead the Eagles to a school record 25 wins in 2010-2011, and two trips to the NCAA tournament. The first in 2009 was the first for MSU since 1984, and during the second in 2011, the Eagles made it all the way to the third round. He said, he'll look to bring that excitement to the Black and Gold.

"Our goal is going to be to get back to the NCAA tournament," said Tyndall, "and to advance, and win in the NCAA tournament. Nothing less.

"There's not a better feeling in the world, and that's what I want these guys to experience."

As excited as he was to accept the job at Southern Miss, the Grand Rapids Mich. native also shared how hard it was to leave Morehead State, where he played and graduated from in 1993. And rather than having to rebuild a low-level program, Tyndall is now faced with the task of building upon the most successful season in Southern Miss history.

"That's part of it," he said, "I took over a program that was coming off of a 4-win season, and in three years we won 20, and went to the NCAA tournament. That's pressure.

"You don't know if you can get players to a school that hasn't won in 25 years. So, when you take over a program that's coming off a 25- win season, and a NCAA tournament, of course they'res pressure to try and build off that, but on the flip side it's nice that we have a program in place that we can try to build on."

Tyndall stood at the podium at the Trent Lott Center Monday afternoon joined by Golden Eagle greats Ricky Jones, Clarence Weatherspoon, and M.K. Turk, the winningest coach in school history. That didn't stop him from setting his sites high, saying, "We're going to do some big big things here at Southern Miss."

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