Tyndall Talks Tournament Snub, Future in Hattiesburg

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III
Southern Miss Head Basketball Coach Donnie Tyndall is still not over the selection committee snubbing his team. Speaking with media on Friday, Tyndall gave one of his most candid interviews yet, discussing his team, the tournament and his future in Hattiesburg.

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For the second year in a row, Southern Miss was sitting right on the NCAA tournament "bubble," and for the second time, the Golden Eagles were snubbed by the selection committee.

"For us to have the RPI of 32 and 25-plus wins is the highest RPI, 25-plus win team ever in the history of the NCAA tournament -I want you guys to think about that- in the history of the NCAA tournament, not to get in," said Tyndall. "It wasn't right."

With four senior starters, Tyndall said he built his team to perform like the Dayton Flyers, an 11th-seeded team that made the Elite 8 in this year's tournament.

"And if you get the right draw, then you get to do what Dayton's doing. I mean, North Dakota State was an upperclassmen-dominated team like we were. They won a game. Harvard? Same thing. Mercer? Same thing."

Tyndall made March Madness noise himself when he guided Morehead State to the 2011 sweet 16. After lifting Southern Miss to 56 wins in just two seasons, one may wonder how long he'll stay in Hattiesburg.

He commented on that very subject.

"What I want people to understand is I'm very, very prideful to be the head coach at Southern Miss. Would I be lying if I didn't say at some point, some day, if the exact right job came along, would I have to take a look at it? Yea, you probably would. But I think I'm four or five or six years away from that based on where I want to get this program, my vision for this program, my working relationship with my athletic director. All those things are important to me.

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