Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall calls a play against Arkansas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve He
Steve Helber
September 28, 2015

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall has accepted an opportunity to work as a volunteer associate athletic director at NAIA school Tennessee Wesleyan.

Tennessee Wesleyan announced the addition of Tyndall on Monday and said his main role would involve attending athletic events and making sure they run smoothly.

''I am thankful for this incredible opportunity,'' Tyndall said in a school release.

CBS Sports first reported the news.

Tyndall went 16-16 in his lone season at Tennessee before being fired in March, four months before the NCAA released a notice of allegations detailing multiple infractions committed by Southern Mississippi during his two-year tenure at that school. Charges included arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the NCAA's investigation.

When the notice of allegations was released, Tyndall issued a statement saying that he ''did not knowingly violate NCAA rules, nor did I encourage or condone rules violations by anyone on the coaching staff'' and that he cooperated with the NCAA's review.

Tyndall went 56-17 at Southern Miss, advancing to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament in both seasons.

Tennessee Wesleyan athletic director Donny Mayfield said in a statement that Tyndall ''has a servant's heart.'' Mayfield added that ''I feel that his years of athletic experience at different collegiate levels will only enhance the department and our athletic offerings at TWC.''

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