Keeping Score

Katz: NCAA violations should hit Tyndall and Tennessee, not USM

ESPN's Andy Katz said Monday that any NCAA violations committed by Donnie Tyndall or his staff at Southern Miss "should" follow the men to their new jobs at Tennessee, and not impact Southern Miss.


USM men's basketball is currently under investigation by the NCAA, according to Bleacher Report. The investigation is focused on improper financial support received by Prop 48 recruits that signed with USM, but were not academically eligible to start competing immediately for the program.

USM athletic director Bill McGillis acknowledged the investigation last week and said that the athletic department is cooperating with the NCAA. 

According to Bleacher Report, the players weren't on scholarship, lived off campus and worked toward gaining the necessary academic credits to make them eligible for the next season. This is the usual practice under NCAA Proposition 48 rules.

The NCAA is focused on the extra financial support that the players might have received while they were off scholarship. The report names forward Matt Bingaya, guard Davon Hayes and guard Shadell Millinghaus as Prop 48 players who entered the program under Tyndall.

All three players are eligible to compete this season, but Bingaya sat out last week's exhibition contest against Mississippi College for unclear reasons.

According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tyndall told the Knoxville Quarterback club Monday, "I feel very confident that everything is going to be fine."