HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The name Donnie Tyndall should ring bells around Hattiesburg. He coached The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team from 2012-14, ending in controversy involving misconduct that included academic fraud.
Tyndall is back in the news. This time he is fighting back at the NCAA's 10-year show cause penalty he received.
Tyndall is looking for a total reversal of the penalty or at least a reduction. His argument being the punishment doesn't match with that of previous coaches such as Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and SMU's Larry Brown.
Under the current show cause penalty, Tyndall won't be able to coach at the NCAA level until April 7, 2026. If he is hired to coach after this, Tyndall will still have to sit out half of that first season.
After leaving Southern Miss, Tyndall went to Tennessee before getting fired in 2015.
The Southern Miss men's basketball program self-imposed a two-year ban from the postseason, which started in 2015. The Golden Eagles are on probation until 2020.