Former Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall has found his way back into college coaching. After a five-year layoff with pit stops across the professional ranks, the ex-Vols coach was announced Thursday as the new head coach at Chipola College, a junior college in Florida that competes in the NJCAA.
Because of that scandal, his Vols tenure was a blip -- a one-and-done run in 2014-15 in which they went 16-16. He was subsequently fired amid the NCAA probe. He amassed a 56-17 record in two seasons at Southern Miss and went 114-85 at Morehead State from 2006-2012.
Tyndall appealed the show-cause penalty and argued the NCAA unfairly relied heavily on testimony from Adam Howard, a former Southern Miss assistant who tied him to the violations after Howard was granted immunity in the investigation. Howard had initially denied Tyndall's involvement to NCAA investigators twice before coming forward, and Tyndall still denies the allegations.
"I'm not disputing that violations happened on my watch," Tyndall told CBS Sports in 2017. "I acknowledge that. I take responsibility for that. I should be punished similarly to the way [Syracuse coach] Jim Boeheim and [SMU coach] Larry Brown were punished when violations happened on their watches. But what the NCAA did to me is wrong. The NCAA interviewed 40 people, and most of them denied I had any knowledge of academic fraud, and none of them, except Adam Howard, said I was involved. And Adam Howard only said what he said after he cut a deal with the NCAA thanks to his lawyer who used to be on the Committee on Infractions."
Tyndall last worked for Grand Rapids Drive -- the Detroit Pistons' development team in the G-League -- as its head coach. After his time at Tennessee he spent two seasons working for the Toronto Raptors; development team, Raptors 905, as an assistant coach.