SIU's Hinson to miss game after son-in-law's death

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson yells during the second half og an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton, in Omaha, Neb. Hinson lambasted his players after a loss at Murray State, calling them "uncoachable," a "bunch of mama's boys" and comparing disciplining his young team to housebreaking a puppy. Hinson was not made available for comment Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson will miss the Salukis' road game against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday following the death of his son-in-law.

Niles Thomason, husband of Hinson's daughter Tiffany, died suddenly while visiting family in Carbondale, Ill., on Wednesday. The Jackson County coroner's office said Friday the 31-year-old Thomason, who lived in Colorado, died of natural causes.

SIU spokesman Tom Weber said Hinson plans to coach the Salukis' home game against Wichita State on Thursday. Associate head coach Tom Hankins will be in charge for the Miami game.

Hinson made headlines last week for his animated news conference in which he called his players ''a bunch of mama's boys'' after a loss at Murray State. He publicly apologized for singling out a player for criticism in his comments.