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NCAA: Donnie Tyndall Hired Assistants To Do Players' Homework

Men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall lasted one season at Tennessee before the school canned him, but his firing wasn’t due to the Volunteers’ 16-16 record. Allegations surfaced that Tyndall had been directly involved in multiple NCAA academic violations at his previous employer, Southern Mississippi. The NCAA released more information on those allegations in a 43-page document.

The most interesting part of the NCAA’s documentation—via the Jackson Clarion-Ledger—is the accusation that Tyndall allegedly hired assistants who would complete several prospects’ homework from different IP addresses, including one from Kingston, Jamaica. If true, that’s some thorough academic cheating:


The NCAA alleges that Tyndall intentionally deleted emails and messages while he was at Tennessee to cover his tracks, and was uncooperative in the investigation.

Southern Miss was happy to throw Tyndall under the bus:

“The alleged violations do not involve any current member of the men’s basketball team or coaching staff,” the statement reads. “Importantly, the notice does not include a charge of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor the program by the University.”


Tyndall had this to say when the NCAA findings were released:


The full NCAA notice of allegations is below.


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