Southern Illinois lost its eighth game of this nascent season and, afterward, Salukis coach Barry Hinson lost his, um, decorum.
This made winners of us all because he went off on what can only be described as an epic rant after the loss to Murray State, one that’s going to be shown endlessly and wonderfully at this joyous holiday season. Highlights:
His best line? “I’ve been telling my wife this for years, size doesn’t matter.” He was talking about rebounds. Presumably.
But wait, there’s more: “My wife…my wife…can score more than two buckets on 11 shots because I know my wife will at least shot fake one time.” Perhaps he should watch “The Mango” episode of Seinfeld.
Then, he went to the “sniper” routine from his days at Kansas. “There was a sniper in the gym. Didn’t you see that? We had guys falling down. We had a guy snipered at half-court. Two guys snipered at half-court. It was unbelievable. I would’ve thought Navy Seal Team 6 was out there.”
“To me, when you’ve got a young team, it’s a lot like house training a puppy dog,” he said. “You know what, when the dog does something wrong, bad dog [gestures as if hitting a pooch with a rolled up program]. I’m not going to hit ‘em. I’m not going to swat ‘em, but bad dog, get on the treadmill.”
“I’ve got a bunch of mama’s boys right now,” Hinson said. “We just won’t buck up and bow our necks and we’ve got to get through that.”
In an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Hinson’s wife, Angie, had this to say about her husband (via Paul Pabst): “There’s no buffer between his mind and his mouth.”
On Wednesday, Hinson said he had but one regret: calling out Marcus Fillya by name.
“It’s been a rather eventful morning, and it started at 6,” Hinson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I had no idea this thing hit last night. I have one regret. I should never call out an individual player. This is my 13th year and I’ve done it two or three times, and I regret it. But I’m really perturbed that someone used the term that I had verbally abused my players. Those are coming from people who don’t know me at all.”
SIU Athletic Director Mario Moccia loves Hinson’s energy, to a point.
“What’s made Barry popular here is he’s passionate and represents the people who live in this region from a passion standpoint, a roll-up-your-sleeves standpoint, a speak-plain=truth standpoint,” Moccia said. “We just have to harness that and say, it’s great to go 75 but when you start to hit 80, 85 you need to take your foot off the accelerator.”