NCAA-banned coach Donnie Tyndall rebuilding career with hometown Drive

GRAND RAPIDS – The best place to start a story about Donnie Tyndall is to go to the end of a recent interview inside a nearly vacant gym at the DeltaPlex Arena. ‘Hey,’ he shouts from 20 feet away.

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Tyndall is a bundle of energy who sweats just talking about basketball, his passion since he was an all-conference point guard at Northview High School in Grand Rapids in the late 1980s.

Coaching is all Tyndall has wanted to do since he graduated from Morehead State and led St. Catharine College in Springfield, Kentucky to a 30-5 record as a head coach in 1996’97. More success followed on the court – first at Morehead State (114-84 from 2006-12) followed by a winning stint at Southern Mississippi 59-17 from (2012-14).

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He guided the Volunteers to a 16-16 record in his first season but found his career plunged into chaos soon after the Vols last game when the NCAA alerted Tennessee officials of an investigation into his time at Southern Mississippi.

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Donnie Tyndall more or less just got erased by the NCAA for cheating

The NCAA on Friday announced it had levied numerous penalties against Donnie Tyndall, who orchestrated an absurdly elaborate scheme to get prospects eligible to compete while the head men’s basketball coach at Southern Mississippi from 2012 to 2014.

Tyndall was handed a 10-year show-cause order that began Friday, in effect prohibiting any school from hiring him as a coach over that period. It matches the longest show-cause order ever handed down by the NCAA, given to former Baylor men’s basketball coach Dave Bliss in 2005. The NCAA also handed down show-cause orders ‘ ranging from six to eight years ‘ to three former Southern Miss assistants who assisted Tyndall in the scheme and a two-year show-cause order to a prep-school coach who formerly was an NCAA coach.

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Coach Donnie Tyndall ‘learned from’ NCAA case at Morehead State

KNOXVILLE – Roughly five years before he was hired as Tennessee’s men’s basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall was involved in an NCAA investigaton while at Morehead State.

Much as he was when the NCAA slapped probation and sanctions on Tyndall’s program in August of 2010, the Volunteers’ new coach was open about the situation when asked about it at his introduction Tuesday afternoon.

“I certainly learned from it. I did,” Tyndall said. “It was a growing experience. My athletic director and president and I worked hand in hand with the NCAA. I’m one of those guys that I don’t shy away from responsibility.

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