Tennessee University self reported a secondary violation committed under previous basketball head coach Donnie Tyndall to the NCAA on Wednesday.
More from the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com):
According to documents obtained in a public records request, Tyndall’s staff had two phone calls with a potential student-athlete without receiving permission to contact him. The student-athlete in question already had been released from his letter of intent to another school. The coaches involved received education on the NCAA rules relevant to the case.
Tennessee’s report describes it as a secondary/Level III violation. The Knoxville News-Sentinel first reported the circumstances of the violation.
The Volunteers are trying to move forward in regard to the basketball program. Tennessee, who fired Tyndall in March after spending just one year in Knoxville, feared that what Tyndall did at Southern Mississippi (the school is currently under investigation) would possibly catch up with him in Knoxville.
So in the offseason, the Volunteers hired ex-Texas coach Rick Barnes to help turn around the program. Barnes comes to Tennessee with a career record of 604–314. He took the Longhorns to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including one Final Four appearance in 2003, as well as reaching the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet 16 an additional two times.
Tennessee went 16-16 (7-11 in the SEC) last season under Tyndall.