Southern Miss officials — as well as former coach Donnie Tyndall and ex-assistant Adam Howard — are scheduled to appear before the NCAA’s committee on infractions in Indianapolis on Jan. 21, a source has told CBS Sports.
This is the next step in USM’s case with the NCAA.
Southern Miss has already self-imposed postseason bans for 2015 and 2016.
The NCAA, last July, levied seven Level I violations against Southern Miss, among them charges that include arranging fraudulent academic credit and impermissible financial aid. A source told CBS Sports that neither Southern Miss nor Tyndall will deny that some rules were violated. The main point of contention, a source said, will be to what extent Tyndall was directly involved because much of the NCAA’s case against Tyndall was built on the testimony of Howard, a disgruntled former Southern Miss assistant whom a source said essentially cut a deal with the NCAA to flip on Tyndall after initially being caught in lies.
Tyndall coached Southern Miss from 2012 to 2014 and led the Golden Eagles to a 56-17 record. He 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.
Tyndall is now a volunteer associate AD at Tennessee Wesleyan, an NAIA school.