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Report: Donnie Tyndall, Southern Miss go before infractions committee

The NCAA Committee on Infractions held a hearing Jan. 21 with Southern Mississippi officials, former men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall and former assistant Adam Howard, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The NCAA previously found multiple infractions by the basketball program during Tyndall's tenure, outlining seven alleged Level I violations -- which are judged to be the most serious by the NCAA -- in a 43-page notice in July.

The 12-hour hearing was focused on those seven allegations and attended by Southern Miss president Rodney Bennett and athletic director Bill McGillis as well as Tyndall and Howard, Yahoo! Sports reports.

According to the report, Tyndall "argued strenuously" that he did not know about the violations allegedly committed by Howard.

The charges include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstruction of the governing body's investigation but do not include lack of institutional control, instead placing most of the blame on Tyndall and his staff during their two-year tenure.

"Importantly, the notice does not include a charge of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor the program by the University," Southern Miss said in a statement when the notice of allegations was released in July. "Further, the academic misconduct identified in the notice relates to coursework undertaken at other institutions prior to the students' enrollment at USM."

However, Southern Miss self-imposed bans for the 2015 and 2016 postseasons. Additional penalties could be imposed by April 1, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Tyndall went 56-17 from 2012 to 2014 at Southern Miss, advancing to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament in both seasons.

Tyndall said in a statement in July that he was "very disappointed and saddened at the allegations of NCAA violations." He also said he "did not knowingly violate NCAA rules, nor did I encourage or condone rules violations by anyone on the coaching staff" and that he cooperated with the NCAA's review.

Tyndall left Southern Miss to coach at Tennessee in 2014, but his stint with the Volunteers was short-lived.

Southern Miss revealed it was under investigation in November, about a week before Tyndall's first game with the Volunteers. Tyndall went 16-16 in his lone season at Tennessee before being fired March 27 for reasons related to the NCAA's investigation.

Tyndall had previous problems with the NCAA.

When he was coaching Morehead State in 2010, the program was placed on two years' probation for recruiting violations related to booster activity. The school's self-imposed penalties included the loss of one scholarship and other recruiting restrictions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.