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Tennessee has fired head coach Donnie Tyndall after one season, the school announced Friday morning.
“The decision was made based on information the university received during the NCAA’s investigation of another institution [Southern Miss],” the school announced on its Website.
“The university concluded that Tyndall is highly likely to be found responsible for serious (e.g., Level I and/or Level II) violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at another institution.
“It is disappointing that we have to take this action.” said AD Dave Hart. “It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA’s infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee.”
Tennessee finished 16-16 this season.
Tyndall met withHart Thursday night after NCAA officials spoke with Tennessee officials earlier Thursday to provide details of what allegations would be levied against Tyndall, CBSSports.com reported Thursday.
Tyndall was being investigated by the NCAA for his time at Southern Miss from 2012-14.
Tennessee has two signed recruits in small forward Admiral Schofield and shooting guard Shembari Phillips.Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com first reported the news.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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