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HOT TOPIC: SIU Coach Barry Hinson's Postgame Rant
Updated: Thursday, December 19 2013, 11:12 AM CST
There was no shortage of quotes from Southern Illinois University's Barry Hinson after his team sank to 2-8 with a 73-65 loss to Murray State Tuesday night.
"My wife! My wife can score more than two buckets on 11 shots, because I know that at least my wife will shot fake one time. But those guys aren't listening. They're un-coachable right now," Hinson told reporters after the game.
Hinson also called his players "mama's boys," compared them to misbehaving puppies and referenced Navy SEAL Team 6.
While Hinson's comments are getting plenty of airtime, they do not appear to be attracting that much criticism, including among coaches. Newschannel 20 spoke with a local high school basketball coach and a college baseball coach to ask about their methods of motivating players.
"You can see that's pretty frustrating when you have guys who are on scholarship coming to your university and you don't get what you want," Springfield High School basketball coach Matt Reed said.
But when it comes to motivating his own players, he takes a different approach.
"I don't call guys out in the paper," Reed said. "You know, you always have their back in the paper. Now behind closed doors or here at practice, that's another issue. But you know, at the high school level's different."
But at the collegiate level, some coaches receive big paychecks and can be fired for losing records. Still, not every collegiate coach would agree with Hinson's rant.
"My personal opinion is you probably need to do that behind closed doors in the locker room," said University of Illinois Springfield baseball coach Chris Ramirez. "I don't disagree with the comments. Maybe the place."
Hinson appeared on a national radio show today and apologized for singling one of his players out. He stood by the rest of his comments and said he had already told his team that in the locker room.
As colorfully as he did reporters, though?
"There was a sniper in the gym. Didn't you see that?" he asked reporters. "I mean, we had guys falling down. We had a guy snipered at half court - two guys snipered at half court. It was unbelievable. I would have thought Navy SEAL Team 6 was out there. I mean our guys were coming across there. I mean, just nobody around them and just fell down on the ground. How does that happen?"
Newschannel 20 spoke to several SIU alumni and didn't hear any outrage from them, either--only slight criticism. Most seemed to agree the comments were funny.
The school's chancellor released a statement saying his comments were "unfortunate," but she is confident Hinson will work to support the players regardless of the score "as he continues to rebuild our team."
Click here to see the full video from the press conference.