BREAKING: Tyndall out as head coach

The Tennessee men's basketball program will have a third coach in three seasons patrolling the hardwood for 2015-16. Here's more.

Donnie Tyndall has been fired as head men's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.

The news comes just one day after NCAA officials met with Tennessee administrators to provide details on the findings of an NCAA investigation into his time at Southern Miss from April 2012-14.

On Nov. 6, Southern Miss announced it was it was cooperating with the NCAA on an investigation into potential violations committed by Tyndall during his two-year stint in Hattiesburg. The allegations stem from improper benefits for non-scholarship athletes and academic infractions.

The NCAA met with the first-year Vols head coach three times this season, the last of which came Thursday, when the organization formally revealed the findings of its investigators to Tyndall.

Tyndall signed a six-year, $1.6 million-a-year contract with Tennessee that includes a $3 million buyout before March 15, 2017. Tennessee can avoid having to pay the buyout, however, due to a stipulation in the contract that allows it to be terminated if Level I or Level II NCAA violations occur.

Tyndall is also a repeat offender, which most likely played a part in the NCAA’s punishment. In 2010, his Morehead State program committed NCAA violations in a case involving a New Jersey booster. The punishment left the Eagles on probation for two years with the loss of one scholarship.

Tyndall replaced Cuonzo Martin, who left Knoxville in April of 2014 to become the head coach at the University of California, Berkeley.

In his only season with the Vols, Tyndall led his team to a 16-16 record and 10th place finish in the SEC.

InsideTennessee will have more information on the firing and new coaching search as it develops.

Watch the video below for more from Tennessee director of athletics Dave Hart:

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