NCAA hammer comes down hard on Southern Miss former coach

Former Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall is facing tough NCAA penalties. (USATSI)
Former Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall is facing tough NCAA penalties. (USATSI)

The NCAA has placed a 10-year show-cause penalty on former Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall for his role in USM’s infractions case, a source told CBS Sports early Friday.

The NCAA subsequently confirmed the report.

Southern Miss was accused of several major violations — including arranging fraudulent academic credit and impermissible financial aid after a lengthy investigation into the program Tyndall ran from 2012 to 2014. He led the Golden Eagles to a 56-17 record in those two seasons, then spent one season at Tennessee before being fired last March once UT athletic director Dave Hart realized Tyndall would be charged with Level I violations.

In addition to punishing Tyndall, the NCAA placed Southern Miss on three years probation Friday. USM also received a two-year postseason ban that’s already been served, and some scholarship and recruiting reductions. The NCAA’s full report is linked here.

The only other coach to ever get a 10-year show-cause penalty is Dave Bliss.

Bliss, of course, was the coach at Baylor when one of his players, Carlton Dotson, murdered teammate Patrick Dennehy in 2003. It was later uncovered that Bliss paid multiple players, lied to the NCAA, and told players to make up a story about Dennehy being a drug dealer as a way to explain how part of Dennehy’s tuition was paid. The NCAA said Bliss had a “blatant and sweeping disregard” for its rules. Scott Drew ultimately replaced him in Waco.

Tyndall is now an associate athletic director at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

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