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Tyndall gets contract extension, raise from Southern Miss

Southern Miss basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has reached a new four-year contract agreement with the school that will increase his annual salary to $500,000.

Both Tyndall and first-year athletic director Bill McGillis traded kind words Wednesday night in discussing the new deal.

“I think the biggest thing is that Bill has been absolutely fantastic to work with,” Tyndall said. “He handled it in such a professional manner. It was the least distraction it could possibly be. He handled it the right way worked with my representation so I could focus on my team and developing players.”

Tyndall is in his second year at USM and it's been a successful stint so far, setting a school record for wins last year with a 27-10 campaign that ended in the NIT semifinals.

Currently, USM is 13-2 as it prepares for a road game at North Texas at 7 p.m. today to start the Conference USA schedule in Denton, Texas.

The roll-over contract is an increase over the $400,000 Tyndall received previously.

The contract stipulates that USM will be owed a $500,000 buy-out if Tyndall terminates the contract.

If USM decides to end the contract without cause, Tyndall will be owed 60 percent of the remaining salary.