Updated: Yahoo! Sports first reported Tyndall’s second meeting with the NCAA took place on March 23. The correct date was March 16, multiple sources confirmed to the News Sentinel. The Yahoo! Sports report has been updated with the correct date.
First-year Tennessee men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall met with NCAA investigators for a second time to discuss the Southern Miss investigation, according to a Yahoo! Sports report published Wednesday night.
The report, citing anonymous sources, said the meeting took place March 16, but did not include the location.
Tyndall first met with NCAA investigators in November, after Southern Miss announced it was cooperating with the NCAA’s review of the program Tyndall coached from April 2012 to April 2014. Since Southern Miss made the announcement on Nov. 6, two members of Tyndall’s staff resigned, Southern Miss banned itself from postseason play and two Southern Miss players Tyndall signed during his two seasons there have been ruled ineligible. Meanwhile, Tyndall coached his team to a 16-16 record and a 10th-place finish in the SEC. The Vols were picked to place 13th.
Tyndall has said multiple times he has cooperated fully with the NCAA and will continue to do so until the investigation is closed. He has insisted the investigation was not a distraction and pushed back against the idea that it hurt recruiting efforts.
UT athletic director Dave Hart has defended UT’s vetting process and praised Tyndall’s coaching ability in multiple interviews, but has refrained from commenting specifically about Tyndall’s future at UT. During the SEC tournament, Hart was asked if he would have hired Tyndall if he knew the Southern Miss investigation was going to occur.
“Well, as everything’s hypothetical, but it would have been (pause) you know, it’s important,” Hart told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. “That’s why we vet coaches before we hire them. Compliance is a very, very, very high priority at our institution and our athletics department.”