The ban is the result of an NCAA investigation involving former Golden Eagles head coach Donnie Tyndall, who left to take over at Tennessee in April 2014. He was fired by the Volunteers in March 2015 after the school was notified of allegations against him from his time at Southern Miss.
“I am very disappointed for the current members of our men’s basketball team and coaching staff, none of whom were involved in any alleged violation of NCAA rules,” Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said in a statement. “While excruciating due to the impact on the young men in our program today, the decision to withhold our team from postseason competition following the 2015-16 season is appropriate given the findings of the recent university and NCAA review of our program.”
An NCAA investigation found that Tyndall had his assistant coaches complete homework assignments for recruits, among other violations.
The Golden Eagles went 9–20 last season in their first season under head coach Doc Sadler. They were picked to finish last in the Conference USA preseason coaches poll.
- Dan Gartland