One coach leaves for supposedly greener pastures and another now enters the fray. With the news breaking yesterday, today it will become official. The Tennessee Volunteers are going to announce that Donnie Tyndall is their new head basketball coach going forward.
We’re proud to announce that Donnie Tyndall will be introduced as Tennessee’s 19th head coach today at 2 p.m. ET! pic.twitter.com/VSbKGLFinf
— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) April 22, 2014
Tyndall led Southern Miss to the NIT in his seasons two seasons with the program. Before that, he took Morehead State to two NCAA Tournaments.
Only 43, Donnie Tyndall is pretty familiar with the SEC. Before making a name for himself as a head coach, he was an assistant with the LSU Tigers.
With Cuonzo Martin and the ghost of the charm of Bruce Pearl still lingering, Tyndall has a pretty heavy task at hand. Not only will he have to help the Vols win basketball games, but deal with the sometimes volatile Tennessee fanbase.
It is worth noting that Ryndall was not Tennessee’s first choice. Previous reports had the Vols going after Louisiana Tech coach, Mike White, before White withdrew his name from the table.
With all of that being said, though, Donnie Tyndall is a pretty solid hire for the program. Only time will tell, however, if the fanbase feels the same.