Rehiring Bruce Pearl wasn't an option for Tennessee since he had already landed the Auburn job by the time Cuonzo Martin found the fresh start he was looking for at Cal six days ago.
Instead the Vols did the next best thing, nabbing an up-and-coming coach who possesses some of the same qualities Pearl had when he came to Tennessee from Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2005.
Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall reached an agreement to become Tennessee's next coach, the school confirmed Tuesday morning. Tyndall will be introduced at a 2 p.m. news conference.
Like Pearl, Tyndall has a larger-than-life personality capable of luring recruits and energizing a football-first fan base. Like Pearl, Tyndall won big in two lower-profile jobs before before making his major-conference debut at Tennessee. And like Pearl, Tyndall favors full-court pressure, though his teams have traditionally played at a much slower tempo than Pearl's Tennessee teams did.
The quality that probably made Tyndall most attractiveRead More »from Donnie Tyndall has the personality and coaching acumen to succeed at Tennessee