KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The more Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart sees of Donnie Tyndall, the more the Volunteers' new men's basketball coach reminds him of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee's football team posted the same 5-7 record in Jones' first year on the job as it recorded the year before his arrival, but his engaging personality and tireless recruiting have made him enormously popular in Knoxville.
Hart believes Tyndall has similar traits that will help him win over fans and recruits.
Tennessee went 24-13 and reached an NCAA men's basketball regional semifinal this past season under Cuonzo Martin, who left April 15 to take over California's program.
But the Volunteers' average home attendance of 15,475 was their lowest since 2004-05.Hart says Tyndall's energetic nature will help him gain support.