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Reports: NCAA meets with Donnie Tyndall second time, investigation nears end

Tennessee Tyndall Basketball

Donnie Tyndall, right, is introduced as Tennessee men’s basketball coach by athletic director Dave Hart during a news conference Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. The former Southern Mississippi coach succeeds Cuonzo Martin, who resigned last week to take the coaching job at California. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Amy Smotherman Burgess)

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The length of the Donnie Tyndall era at Tennessee will likely be determined at some point in the near future.

On Wednesday night, Yahoo! Sports reported that Tyndall met with NCAA investigators for a second time on March 16th, as the association looks into violations that allegedly occurred while Tyndall was the head coach at Southern Mississippi from 2012-2014.

On Thursday afternoon, CBSSports.com published a report saying that NCAA investigators will be speaking with Tennessee officials to reveal the findings of their investigation and to go over what, exactly, Tyndall is going to be charged with. Tyndall, according to CBS, will subsequently meet with Tennessee AD Dave Hart.

Tyndall’s future at Tennessee has been in question since reports of violations during his tenure at Southern Miss surfaced. The allegations center around how players that were forced to sit out under Proposition 48, and thus were not eligible for the benefits that other scholarship athletes receive, were able to pay for school and housing. Southern Miss self-imposed a postseason ban for this season.

This was Tyndall’s first season at Tennessee, and the Vols over-achieved, finishing 16-16 after being picked to finish last in the conference in the preseason. There’s no immediate rush to force Tyndall out, according to the CBS report, but there is a clause in Tyndall’s contract that would allow for Tennessee to fire him should the NCAA levy Level I or II violations against him.

Tyndall coached at Morehead State before getting the job at Southern Miss. While there, the program was hit with NCAA violations in 2010 stemming from illegal booster activity.