Carbondale, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Southern Illinois athletic director Mario Moccia said he talked to coach Barry Hinson about the latter’s postgame tirade after Tuesday’s 73-65 loss to Murray State.
“Barry cares about his players,” Moccia said. “I know this is not the season he wanted to have after 10 games [2-8]. The losses have mounted, and he’s frustrated. I just wish he didn’t call out the players specifically and would have used more generalities.”
Moccia said that Hinson, who is in his second season at SIU, took over a “difficult APR (a four-year low score of 908 in 2012 after a slew of transfers) and social situation and is trying to fix it in the past 20 months.”
Before talking to Hinson, Moccia said he spoke with his superiors Wednesday. “I know he’s a good man,” Moccia said. “But he can have these Yosemite Sam bombastic outbursts.”
During his outburst, Hinson referred to his players as “mama’s boys,” used off-color remarks and called out starting guard Marcus Fillyaw, who went scoreless in 14 minutes with one assist and two turnovers.
“I’ve got a bunch of mama’s boys right now,” Hinson then said. “We just won’t buck up and bow our necks. We’ve got to get through that. I’m tired of coaching a guy and having him roll his eyes or put his head down or feel sorry for himself. This is big time. People lose their jobs.”
Later, Hinson said he did not regret his outburst but apologized for calling out one player by name.
“I regret one thing — calling out Marcus’ name,” Hinson said. “That wasn’t fair to him individually, and I’m upset about that. But I’m not upset about anything else I said.”
“I’m not going to fake who I am. I’m an emotional guy and I love my players, but I was frustrated with their overall lack of effort. I felt bad about mentioning one of my player’s names. That was a mistake.”
The Salukis, who host Ball State Saturday, have the worst record in the Missouri Valley Conference. SIU was 14-17 (6-12 in the MVC) during Hinson’s first season.