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Vols fans in Tennessee weren't the only ones supporting Coach Donnie Tyndall Tuesday. His friends in Kentucky were busy wishing him well too.

Tyndall coached at Morehead State for six seasons and led his team to two NCAA tournaments.

This school and community in Eastern Kentucky played an important part in Tyndall's career. Not only did he coach the team, but he even played for them back in the early '90s.

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Now, many in Morehead, are just hopeful the former Eagle will find success in Big Orange Country.

Kentucky and basketball are two ideas that seem to be attached at the hip. There are very few places you can go in the Commonwealth where the sport is not adored, including the town of Morehead.

Athletic Director Brian Hutchinson hired Tyndall in 2006. He said he knew he wanted to have the Morehead grad be a part of his team from the very beginning.

"There were a lot of people who wanted to be our head coach; Donnie wanted to be our head coach," said Hutchinson.

Hutchinson calls Tyndall a hard-working, hard-nosed kind of guy. He's the coach who pays close attention to detail and expects success, much like the tourney win his Eagles had against in-state powerhouse Louisville in 2011.

It was a big moment in Morehead. Tyndall's former player Drew Kelly, remembers that game too. He said it helped put even more fans in Tyndall's corner.

"The community loved him; Tyndall was almost the mayor of Morehead when he was here," said Kelly.

He said Tyndall was a demanding coach, but at the same time, he cared about his players.

"If I can be honest man, he's got the biggest heart. And, he believes East Tennessee is lucky it will soon get to see that same type of leader on Rocky Top," said Kelly.

People in Morehead also said Tyndall was active in his community. The athletic director said his staff rarely turned down requests to participate in community events.

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