Keeping Score

Tyndall plans to stay at Southern Miss for a while

Southern Miss men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall expressed his intentions Friday to remain at the school despite reports of interest from other colleges.

“I love being at Southern Miss,” Tyndall said. “I've developed a great relationship with our new athletic director, Bill McGillis. I plan to be back here at Southern Miss not just next year, but many years.”

“In the next 4, 5 or six years, if the perfect job came along I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't look at it. There's only about three or four jobs in my mind that I would look at.”

Tyndall had been tied to the Auburn opening before it was filled by former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl. He has also been mentioned with the current opening at South Florida.

“The other jobs I've been mentioned with, there's been no validity to it on my end,” Tyndall said. “I have an AD that's my guy. I'm very comfortable living in Hattiesburg. I think we can continue to get better.”

USM's season ended Thursday with a loss at Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the NIT. The Golden Eagles (29-7) set the school record for most wins in a season since the program went Division I in 1972.

Tyndall did not hide his displeasure Thursday about being left out of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season. The Eagles have had the highest RPI ranking of all teams left out of the 68-team field both years.

“It's a joke we didn't get in,” Tyndall said. “It's a hard pill to swallow. On the flip side, we won 29 games to set the school record for most wins. It's still disappointing.”