Southern Miss Self-Imposes Postseason Basketball Ban: Latest Details, Reaction

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 21, 2015

Former Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall, who is now at Tennessee
Former Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall, who is now at TennesseeReinhold Matay/Associated Press

As a result of an ongoing NCAA investigation for alleged rules violations, Southern Miss has banned its men's basketball team from postseason competition for the 2014-15 season. 

The school released an official statement, which was passed along by the Hattiesburg American's Jason Munz:

Wes Rucker of 247 Sports has more from former head coach Donnie Tyndall on the ban:

"All I can say is that I've cooperated 100 percent, and if need be I'll continue to do that," said Tyndall, who left Southern Miss for Tennessee on April 21. "And that's all I can say on that matter."

As ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported, the Golden Eagles players are not taking the news very well: 

In November, Bleacher Report's Jason King reported that Southern Miss was under investigation for violations involving "Prop 48" players, recruits who were academically ineligible but were enrolled in classes and living on campus. The NCAA is looking into how these players, who were not on scholarship, paid for tuition and rent. 

The alleged infractions occurred when Tyndall, who is now the head coach at Tennessee, was running the program. 

This news certainly doesn't have much of an effect on the season, as the Golden Eagles currently sit at 5-11 with very little chance of even making the less publicized postseason tournaments. But it's more proof that the Southern Miss basketball program is in a very bad place right now. 

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