Former Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall has reportedly filed an appeal with the NCAA infractions committee, hoping to have his name completely cleared for violations that occurred at Southern Mississippi and got him fired at Tennessee.
“First and foremost, I’m extremely sorry and disappointed for what took place at Southern Miss,” Tyndall told Jason Munz of the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American. “Nobody was more disappointed than I was that the misconduct took place. But we are asking for (the ruling) to be completely overturned.”
The NCAA found Tyndall guilty of multiple violations including failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance and for covering up his wrongdoings.
The charges stemmed from an interview with former Tennessee assistant coach Adam Howard. Howard testified against Tyndall accusing him of knowingly breaking the rules. Tyndall accepted responsibility for what happened, but denies directing any NCAA violations.
Tyndall also believes his 10-year show-cause penalty is not consistent with penalties given for similar violations from other schools.
The NCAA has until July 5 to respond and an appeals hearing likely would occur in August or September.