WOW ! Hard to beleive that Hart would hire a coach with this much NCAA cheating baggage. Tyndall should thank his lucky stars that in 2010 the NCAA did not give him a 2 year ban. Using a booster to pay recruits for crying out loud ! with full knowledge by Tyndall . . .What Tyndall did, that the NCAA said was over a 3 year period is WAY WAY worse than what Pearl did, Worse than what Kelvin Sampson did and worse than Calipari. . . .UTK might as well hang a sign that says " We have decided to cheat to fix our Basketball program ".....
Donnie Tyndall put Morehead State on probation for recruiting violations. Serious violations of allowing a booster to be involved in recruiting several players and paying them. The NCAAs findings said that Tyndall was aware of these violations.. . . . . .is this the kind of coach Hart wants to hire ?
That Donnie Tyndall of Southern Miss looks like a TV preacher, complete with bad hair and tacky suits !
Southern Miss Donnie Tyndall, of the baptist TV preacher look, complete with bad haircut and tacky suits. . . . hope he can coach
Jay- so the story is UTK is in intense contract negoitiations with a coach ( La. Tech's White ) who has lost 2 years in a row in his conference championship, after being the favorite, and has never gone to the NCAA. . .AND HE IS FROM LA. TECH, home of Dooley... Does UTK not want to win in basketball ? Not quite the "Big Name splash" that everyone says Hart needs to make, huh ?
Only seven coaches of top-50 programs have voluntarily changed jobs in the past four years, and every one of them was either running from a person, from a situation, to home or to Westwood. There are no exceptions, which means ADs are almost certainly wasting their time each time they pursue a comfortable and well-compensated coach from a top-50 program unless said AD happens to work at North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida, UCLA or a similar elite program with inherent advantages. And, it should be noted, even UK and UCLA have been turned down in recent years.
So remember that going forward, please.
Now that Missouri is open, that may be a better job than UTK. . . . And guys with all due respect, Knoxville is not that great of a place to live either, downtown dirty, more agri-culture than culture, not that big a step up from Wichita. Population 635,000 in Witchita metro vs. 825,000 Knoxville meto. . . .neither place is that great in terms of being considered a great place to live by national standards. . . .. And Jay, Anthony Grant was one of those "Flavor of the Month" type coaches that havent worked out, be careful of the Archie Miller-type guy
Back to the UTK basketball coach search : Some problems with the so called "top targets" 1) Gregg Marshall- he is known to be a complete A@#hole 2) Mike White, La Tech- zero NCAA tourney sucess, dont know why all the fuss, just becaues his Dad is the Duke AD. 3) Richard Pitino, last time UTK hired a son-of-a-famous coach they got DOOLEY 4) Donnie Tyndall looks and talks like a TV preacher with bad hair 5 ) Tad Boyle already makes more than Conz made, really no reason for him to make a lateral or some might consider a downward move from Colorado 6 ) Ben Howland, wonder why so many schools have passed on him, read SI article a year ago and you can see all the baggage he brings 7 ) Mick Cronin plenty of whispers about character and did you watch the Xavier-Cincy ugly brawl last year ? 8 ) Archie Miller, got to be careful hiring those guys who are "flavor of the month" type guys
Well the first leak FROM a contacted coach, Nebraska Coach Tim Miles, comes out and says He has been conatcted by Tennessee and has politely turned them down . . . . not exactly the "Splash" Name the fans were hoping for . .
Its interesting that in the 2 high profile programs ( Men's BBall and Football ) UTK , with the exception of Jonny Majors 40 years ago, have never hired a high profile coach, always a coach from Mid-Major or an assistant i.e. Dooley from La Tech, Butchy from Cincy, Buzz from Appy, Cuonzo from Missouri St., Pearl from Wisc-Milwaukee, Jerry Green assistant, Kiffin assistant, Fulmer assistant . . .wonder if Hart will break that trend ?. . . .and also knowing Rick Hart and how he and Dave Hart operate, anyone who says " i heard from a booster that Dave Hart is going to hire so-and-so" is lying, Dave Hart keeps things VERY private in what he decides or does. Sometimes thats good , sometimes bad. . . . Also UTK might be a little surprised in where they are viewed from the outside , , ,Alot of National articles i.e. Pat Forde and Dana O'Neill are RIPPING the fan base and athletic department at UTK . . .