Roundup: Tyndall ousted as Tennessee coach
The NCAA investigation at his former school lingered over Donnie Tyndall before he ever coached a game for Tennessee, and now his unethical actions at Southern Mississippi have led to his firing after only one season.
The decision to part ways with Tyndall on Friday leaves the Volunteers once again searching for someone to stabilize a men's basketball program that has recently been in constant upheaval.
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said it would be fair to say it was a mistake to hire Tyndall, who Hart said acknowledged deleting emails that could have been relevant to the Southern Mississippi investigation. In his termination letter, Hart states the emails were deleted by Tyndall on or around Nov. 18, less than two weeks after Southern Mississippi announced it was under investigation.
"Knowing what I know now, is that a mistake?" Hart asked. "Probably. … But, you know, there are a lot of coaches out there that have a transgression in their history somewhere that had an opportunity to do better. I was convinced at the time of the hire that Donnie had learned his lesson from Morehead State. …
Obviously if we'd known (then) what we know now, we would have moved in another direction."
Morehead State went on probation for two years in August 2010 because of violations related to booster activity under Tyndall's watch.
Lavin out after 5 years as St. John's coach
St. John's has split with basketball coach Steve Lavin after five seasons.
School officials announced they have "mutually agreed to part ways" with Lavin. He had one year left on his contract.
St. John's lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, beaten by San Diego State, 76-64, to finish at 21-12.
Lavin and the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament in his first and last seasons. The 21 victories matched the most victories under Lavin.
Athletic director Chris Monasch said Lavin "returned high expectations" to the program and "represented St. John's in a positive way."
Freshman Hoetzel to transfer from Indiana
Freshman forward Max Hoetzel is planning to transfer from Indiana.
The announcement marks the second time this week an Indiana player has decided to leave the program. Sophomore guard Stanford Robinson announced earlier this week that he, too, would transfer.
The 6-foot-8 Hoetzel says he is looking for more playing time that would preferably be closer to his California home.
Hoetzel's playing time steadily decreased throughout the season as he averaged 2.4 points in 7.7 minutes.
Coach Tom Crean says Hoetzel is a "hard worker" and has a promising "upside."
Florida guard Frazier declares for NBA draft
Florida guard Michael Frazier II made it official: He's leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.
Frazier thanked coaches, teammates and fans on his Twitter page and added that he has signed with agent Matt Ramker of ASM Sports.
Frazier says he "will never forget my time in Gainesville and look forward to returning each summer to complete my degree." Frazier is expected to go through the draft process without considering a return to Florida.
A two-year starter and one of the top 3-point shooters in the Southeastern Conference, Frazier was second on the team in scoring this season. He averaged 12.1 points and made 57-of-150 shots (38 percent) from behind the arc. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and shot 87 percent from the free-throw line.