HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Director of Southern Miss Athletics Bill McGillis issued a statement regarding the Men's Basketball Program, and the announcement of former coach Donnie Tyndall's release from the Tennessee basketball program.
The statement is as followed:
"We do not have any comment related to the action taken today regarding our former head men's basketball coach. We are continuing to work collaboratively with the NCAA to review the serious issues raised regarding the men's basketball program while under the leadership of the former coaching staff. Our joint investigation is ongoing and the process will not be complete for some time. In order to maintain the integrity of the investigation, and pursuant to NCAA policy, we cannot comment further regarding any detail of the case at this time."
Bleacher Report reported back in November 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 alleged incident, but they were not on scholarship until they became academically eligible.