Report: NCAA investigating Southern Miss over potential violations
The NCAA is investigating Southern Miss for possible violations, according to a report from Bleacher Report's Jason King.
The focus of the investigation is the source of the payment to recruits who did not meet academic requirements but enrolled in classes under Proposition 48, according to a source who spoke with the website. The NCAA reportedly is also examining those recruits' academics.
The possible violations took place during the tenure of former coach Donnie Tyndall, the report says. Tennessee hired Tyndall as its new head coach in April. Tyndall was also involved in an NCAA investigation when he was the head coach at Morehead State (2006-12).
From the report:
A source close to the program told Bleacher Report that the NCAA's investigation centers on how tuition, living expenses and other fees were paid for "Prop 48" recruits who signed with the Golden Eagles but were academically ineligible out of high school or junior college.
Even though they weren't on scholarship, the players in question enrolled in classes at Southern Miss, lived in off-campus apartments and spent a year earning enough academic credits to make them eligible the following season, when they were placed on scholarship. This is standard practice under NCAA Proposition 48 rules, but the financial support these players may have received is under investigation.
Most of the recruits in question hail from out-of-state, which would've made their tuition fees even higher. Along with investigating how those fees were paid—and by whom—the NCAA is also looking into the academic records of some of the players, the source said.
The report says that Doc Sadler, who replaced Tyndall as Southern Miss' head coach, is not "believed to be under investigation."
The Golden Eagles went 56-17 in two seasons under Tyndall.