Early Monday afternoon, CBS reported that Louisiana Tech Bulldogs head coach Michael White would be turning down any offer to become the next head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, leaving the Vols now in a position to turn to their next choice; and also according to CBS, that next choice is 43-year-old Donnie Tyndall from Southern Miss.
Expect Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall to emerge as an alternative candidate.
Tyndall, 43, has recruited in the SEC as an assistant at LSU, worked in the state of Tennessee as an assistant at Middle Tennessee, flourished in the region as the head coach at Morehead State, and won just as many games (56) the past two seasons at Southern Miss as White has won in the past two seasons at Louisiana Tech. Furthermore, Tyndall is a big personality who has helped increase season-ticket sales at USM. He’s twice inherited bad situations (not unlike the current situation at Tennessee), and both times turned things around quickly while winning at an unprecedented level relative to the program for which he was working.
At this point, with White not coming in now, Tennessee would be smart just to make the push right now to bring Tyndall in, whatever it takes. They’re not going to get the big name that they were originally pushing for, and with White choosing to continue coaching life with the Bulldogs, the options are becoming scarce.