Tennessee has fired its men's basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall, according to a report by CBS Sports' Gary Parrish that was later confirmed by the school.
Tyndall, 44, had been leading the Volunteers' program for just one season. Tennessee went 16-16, 7-11 in the SEC this past season.
The firing, though, has little to do with what transpired on the court this past season. Tyndall is the subject of an NCAA investigation focused on the Southern Miss program he ran from 2012-14. According to Parrish's report, Tennessee's administration would have liked to keep him, but felt it was best for the program to part ways due to possible sanctions.
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— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS)
Donnie Tyndall will be fired as Tennessee’s basketball coach, a source told @CBSSports. Story coming.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 27, 2015
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From the report:
NCAA officials detailed for Tennessee's administration on Thursday afternoon the allegations it plans to formally levy against Tyndall when it sends a notice of allegations to USM in the coming weeks. A source told CBSSports.com Tennessee's administration would've preferred Tyndall remain in Knoxville, ideally; they liked him as their coach. But the punishment the NCAA is expected to assign Tyndall convinced athletic director Dave Hart that keeping Tyndall was simply impractical going forward, a source said.
This is obviously a disappointing situation for the Tennessee men's basketball program, but it's hard to fault the Volunteers for taking swift action after the Bruce Pearl fiasco.
Tennessee is expected to begin its search for a new coach immediately.