REPORT: NCAA investigating USM basketball under former coach Donnie Tyndall
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is investigating the Southern Miss men's basketball program for potential rule violations under former coach Donnie Tyndall, according to Bleacher Report.
According to the report, and unidentified source told the publication that the NCAA investigation centers on benefits that may have been provided (such as tuition, living expenses and other fees) to Proposition 48 athletes. The players in question were students at the time of the alledged incident, but they were not on scholarship until they became academically eligible.
It is standard practice under the NCAA Proposition 48 rules to work their way into academic eligibility. However, the report said the benefits these players may have received is the reason for the investigation.
The past two seasons, Donnie Tyndall and the Golden Eagle basketball team had a combined 56-17 record in two seasons.
UPDATE - Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis released the following statement regarding the NCAA investigation into the USM men's basketball program:
“The university is working together with the NCAA to review potential issues related to our men's basketball program. In order to maintain the integrity of our joint process, and pursuant to NCAA policy, we cannot comment further regarding any details of our review at this time.”