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Report: Former USM coach Donnie Tyndall could face show-cause penalty

An ESPN.com report indicates that former Southern Miss men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall could face a show-cause penalty from the NCAA for rules infractions committed during his two years at the school.

ESPN's Andy Katz credited an unidentified source as saying that the alleged infractions include academic misconduct regarding coursework performed for - or completed for - recruits, impermissible financial aid for non-qualifying signees and a lack of control that falls under the unethical conduct bylaw that involves a coach.

The report says that USM is expected to make public the notice of allegations at some point Thursday or Friday. The school and Tyndall will go in front of the NCAA early next year, according to Katz.

A show-cause penalty means that any penalties levied by the NCAA on a coach will stick with him for a certain period of time and could be transferred to another school that hires the coach before the order expires.

Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was handed a three-year show-cause penalty in 2011 and wasn't hired again until 2014 by Auburn with five months remaining on the NCAA order.

“Donnie anticipates that investigation process is at a point where a notice of allegations is expected at any time, and we're not at liberty to discuss any details of the investigative process,” Tyndall's attorney, Stu Brown, told ESPN.

Tyndall was the coach at USM from 2012-14, leading the Golden Eagles to NIT bids in both seasons with a combined record of 56-17. 

Tyndall was fired after one 16-16 season at Tennessee due to the NCAA's investigation.

USM self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2014-15 season due to the NCAA probe and two players were ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA during the season, guard Rasham Suarez and forward Jeremiah Eason.

The Golden Eagles went 9-20 under first-year coach Doc Sadler last year.

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