Tennessee waiting to hear from NCAA on Tyndall

Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall talks with Tennessee guard Detrick Mostella (15) in their game against East Tennessee State on Dec. 31, 2014, in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE -- While the season on the court plays out, Tennessee's wait for a resolution to its basketball program's biggest off-court situation continues.

And there doesn't appear to be an imminent finish line.

An NCAA investigation into Donnie Tyndall, the first-year coach of the Volunteers, for potential violations that occurred during his two-year tenure at Southern Mississippi has been a black cloud since November for Tennessee, which is waiting for the next step in the process.

Athletic director Dave Hart told the Times Free Press in his office Thursday morning that the universeity is awaiting word from the NCAA regarding a potential notice of allegations.

"We don't have any update at all," he said. "We haven't heard anything from the NCAA for many, many weeks now."

Rarely do NCAA investigations move quickly, so Tyndall and the Vols may have to deal with the distraction these situations typically create in recruiting and otherwise for the foreseeable future.