Donnie Tyndall to Tennessee Vols: Latest Details, Reaction and Analysis

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IApril 22, 2014

Southern Mississippi coach Donnie Tyndall yells at his team during the second half against Minnesota in an NCAA college basketball game in the third round of the National Invitational Tournament in Minneapolis, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Minnesota won 81-73.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)
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Updates from Tuesday, April 22

Tennessee has confirmed Donnie Tyndall is the new Tennessee head coach:

Ben Frederickson of provides insight surrounding Tyndall's plans for his coaching staff:

New Tennessee men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall plans to bring the bulk of his Southern Miss staff with him to Knoxville, a source close to the situation told the News Sentinel early Tuesday morning. 

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish also reported updated financial details of Tyndall's contract with Tennessee:

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Donnie Tyndall, a sought-after name on the head coaching market, made it clear last month he was happy at Southern Miss, but it would appear Tennessee made him an offer he couldn't refuse. 

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish first reported the Vols have found their replacement for Cuonzo Martin, recently agreeing to terms with Tyndall: 

ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Andy Katz added more details on the financial terms, and how an agreement was made:

The deal was for five years at $8 million overall. But they were still negotiating Monday night because Tyndall wanted six years instead of five, a source with direct knowledge on the negotiations told senior writer Andy Katz.

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart reached out to Tyndall, who has spent the past two seasons at Southern Miss, and the two quickly agreed to a preliminary deal.

This comes as somewhat of a surprise. As Tyndall's name continued to pop up for vacancies around the country, he attempted to put an end to any and all rumors, via the Clarion Ledger's Jason Munz:

I don’t plan to leave here. Now, would I be lying if I didn’t say, ‘At some point, some day if the exact right job came along, would I have to take a look at it? Yeah, you probably would.’

Well, it looks like the "right job came along," and it's a good thing for the Vols. As Parrish argued, this is the perfect fit for a school looking to retain momentum after its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008:

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After an extended stint with Morehead State, Tyndall spent the last two seasons leading Southern Miss to a combined record of 56-17 (.767) and a pair of NIT appearances. 

While that may not jump off the resume, there are an array of circumstances that make this a tantalizing hire. As a former assistant at LSU (four years), he has experience recruiting out of the SEC. As a former Middle Tennessee assistant (four years), he knows the state. As the former Morehead State head coach (six years), he has had success in the area. 

The Eagles, who went 4-23 the year before Tyndall was hired, were 114-85 during his reign, made two NCAA tournament appearances and famously upset fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA tournament behind Kenneth Faried. 

Finally, as Parrish notes, Tyndall is a "big personality who has helped increase season-ticket sales at USM."

This isn't going to be an easy job for the up-and-coming head coach. Tennessee returns just one starter and senior (Josh Richardson) in 2014-15, making this a nearly total rebuilding project. 

But as Tyndall has proven in the past, he is capable of turning things in a positive direction very quickly.