Cue up the SportsCenter replays—we’ve got another classic coach moment.
Rather, there was an abundance of beautiful instances during Barry Hinson’s rant on Tuesday night. The head coach of the Southern Illinois Salukis basketball team sat down with the media after his team’s 73-65 loss to Murray State and let his boys have it.
The tirade was a mixed bag of disappointment, sniper references and praise for his wife’s slick pump-fake.
It was one of those glorious instances when a coach’s composure crumbles like a cookie, and it was spotted by Mike Johnson of Next Impulse Sports.
Coach Hinson began the press conference in relative calm, building a foundation for the rant to come with complaints about missed layups.
“We got three straight stops, missed three straight layups,” Hinson said. “You can’t do that against good teams...we came out in the second half, got a couple 50/50 balls. We just missed three point-blank layups.”
He was just limbering up, however. Hinson's disappointment over missed layups barely penetrated the topsoil on his deep frustration over the game. The coach would dig down further into this anger, calling out his players for sulking, falling down and being un-coachable.
Here are some of my favorite lines from Coach Hinson:
“We’re going to college! And getting it paid for!”
“I just got a text here.”
“Our guards had one assist and seven turnovers! They must think it’s a tax credit!”
“There was a sniper in the gym...We had guys falling down...I thought Navy Seal Team 6 was out there!”
The crowning moment of the evening was a line Hinson dropped about his wife, who is apparently a student of the ball-fake.
“My wife—MY WIFE—could score more than two buckets on 11 shots!” Hinson said. “Because I know my wife will at least shot-fake one time!”
Strong work, Mr. Hinson. Hopefully the team appreciates your message. If not, the rest of us certainly enjoyed it.
Bad dog! Get on the treadmill!