Keeping Score

USM's Tyndall could become top Tennessee target

Speculation tying Southern Miss basketball coach Donnie Tyndall to the opening at Tennessee should pick up significantly.

Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White was reportedly the target for Tennessee over the weekend, but CBS Sports' Gary Parrish reported Monday morning that talks between White and Tennessee have lost momentum and that the former Ole Miss point guard is likely to stay at Louisiana Tech.

Tyndall has been mentioned in connection with the Tennessee opening since Cuonzo Martin left earlier this month to take the job at California.

White's reluctance to take the job could very well make Tyndall the top candidate for the job at Tennessee.

Tyndall has said that he plans to stay at Southern Miss quite some time, but Tennessee could be an attractive next step for him.

Tyndall, who makes $500,000 annually at USM, could easily have his salary tripled at Tennessee. He would also be much closer to his two daughters, who reside in Kentucky.

Tyndall is familiar to the Knoxville, Tenn., area through his time at Morehead State and his past recruiting success in the region could make him an attractive target for the Volunteers.

Tyndall has a 170-101 record as a Division I coach, including a 56-17 mark at Southern Miss.

Former UCLA coach Ben Howland is another named as a potential candidate for the job.