Southern Illinois head basketball coach Barry Hinson went on an epic tirade following his team’s 73-65 loss to Murray State on Tuesday.
Hinson called out his players for their poor play. He questioned their heart and toughness, calling them “mama’s boys,” and criticized his three starting guards – including Marcus Fillyaw – for combining for one assist and seven turnovers.
“I do want to say this: I’ve said this all day today, and I’ll continue to say it,” Hinson said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I made a bid mistake last night as a head coach. And I think one of the things we’re always learning – doesn’t matter what age we are and how good we are in our profession; we learn every day – and I made a huge mistake in singling out a player. And I should never do that.
“I’m old school,” Hinson continued. “(But I) shouldn’t have done that. That’s not fair to Marcus, that’s not fair to his family and I take full responsibility for it. I’ve apologized to him, and I’ve apologized to the players for singling him out.”
Everything else, however, was apparently fair game.
“Everything else I said in that press conference, I stand by,” Hinson said. “I stick my chest out full front and take all responsibility for everything I said – and I stand by it and I will stand by it as we prepare to try to get ready to win a game this weekend.”
Southern Illinois, which has dropped four of its last five, fell to 2-8 with the loss.
The Salukis hosts a pair of two-win teams – Ball State and SIU-Edwardsville – on Dec. 21 and 23, respectively.
“When you’re 2-8, you’re not really frisky,” Hinson said. “Not a lot of Christmas spirit with a 2-8 team. Hopefully we can turn this thing around and have a bit more of a spirited Merry Christmas.”