Tennessee has reached out to Southern Miss basketball coach Donnie Tyndall about its job opening, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports.
Also, Knoxville, Tenn., TV station KVLT is reporting that Tyndall met with Tennessee today to discuss the job.
It's been apparent from the outset that Tennessee was a good fit for Tyndall. Now, it's up to Tyndall to decide if Tennessee is the right next step for his career.
Goodman reports that there has been no offer made to Tyndall yet. We'll see how quickly this moves.
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There are a lot of upsides at Tennessee for Tyndall that I've already described:
* He's familiar with the region when it comes to recruiting
* He would make a lot more money. (He makes $500,000 at USM)
* He would be much closer to his daughters in Kentucky.
* You can can compete at an elite level there.
* Tennessee is not an easy place to coach ... just ask Cuonzo Martin.
* Job security fades quickly if you have a losing season ... that's why Michael White turned Tennessee down.
* Tennessee will likely be in rebuilding mode once he steps on campus.
There are some other reasons that Tyndall could turn Tennessee down:
* He's very comfortable in Hattiesburg and likes living there.
* He's grown fond of first-year USM athletic director Bill McGillis.
* He's confident he can win consistently at USM and compete for conference championships.
* Tyndall has been adamant that he plans to stay at Southern Miss a while.