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Barry Hinson Rant Will Help Turn Around Southern Illinois Basketball Program

Jan 9, 2013; Wichita, KS, USA; Southern Illinois Salukis head coach Barry Hinson reacts after a play against the Wichita State Shockers during the first half at the Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State defeated Southern Illinois 82-76.  Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2013

Southern Illinois head men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson has cemented his spot in the annals of postgame blowups history, and if the players receive the message, he may have single-handedly saved the Salukis' season.

After watching his team fall to Murray State, 73-65, on Tuesday night, Hinson took the opportunity during the postgame press conference to rip his entire roster for a lackluster performance and what he deemed as an unacceptable level of effort.

Just as former NFL head coaches Jim Mora or Dennis Green were trying to send a message to their players by throwing a fit in public, it was clear from Hinson’s demeanor and personality that he was genuinely reacting to how the game unfolded and the questions he was being asked.

While some postgame press conference rants feel contrived, Hinson’s mix of references to his wife throughout and the willingness to call out individual players is a sign that he was answering the questions with as much brutal honesty as possible.

Hinson went on to speak about the poor shooting of his big men down low, and the head coach unleashed one of the most enjoyable lines of the night, “My wife, MY WIFE, can score more than 2 buckets on 11 shots because I know my wife will AT LEAST shot fake one time.”

Besides the verbal jabs at his frontcourt, the coach let loose on the backcourt, “Marcus [Fillyaw] was absolutely awful, that's about as PG rated as I can say it. He was awful. Our guards are awful. Our three starting guards had 1 assist and 7 turnovers. They must think it's a tax credit.”

As if the rant couldn’t get any better, Hinson explained what it’s like to coach young players, “When you've got a young team, it's a lot like house training a puppy dog. When the dog does something wrong, [smack] bad dog! I'm not gonna hit 'em, I'm not gonna swat 'em, but bad dog.”

And for the win, Hinson shared his take on rebounding, “I've been telling my wife this for years: size doesn't matter.”

Southern Illinois has fallen to 2-8 on the season and sits alone in last place in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team is comprised of younger players trying to find an identity, and there have been expected trials and tribulations along the way.

Instead of getting down on themselves, Hinson is doing everything he can to get the team to understand winning is also a mentality. Inexperienced players stuck on a losing team can begin to show lackluster effort, and that can be contagious.

By calling out the locker room leaders and putting everyone on notice, the Salukis' head coach is pulling out all the stops to save the season and keep the attitude positive.

Let’s see if the idea works.


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