Southern Illinois coach's rant goes viral

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Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson's rant after Tuesday night's loss to Murray State -- during which he called his team "mama's boys," used off-colored language and criticized one player by name -- drew plenty of attention and reaction on Wednesday after it was posted online.
"I've got a bunch of mama's boys right now," Hinson said during his postgame news conference after the 63-65 loss dropped the Salukis' record this season to 2-8.
"We've 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."
Southern Illinois athletic director Mario Moccia told ESPN on Wednesday that he understood the second-year coach's frustration and talked to him about it.
"Barry cares about his players," Moccia said. "I know this is not the season he wanted to have after 10 games. 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."
Hinson made reference to starting guard Marcus Fillyaw, who had no points, one assists and two turnovers in 14 minutes, during his tirade.
"Marcus was absolutely awful," Hinson said. "That's about as PG-rated as I can say it. He was awful."
Hinson expressed remorse for that statement to ESPN on Wednesday.
"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."
Southern Illinois fans are getting used to Hinson's outbursts and his passion for the game.
"I know he's a good man," Moccia told ESPN. "But he can have these Yosemite Sam bombastic outbursts.
"He does use a lot of colorful language, but people understand. A vast majority of fans like Barry and his passion. He's bringing energy to the program and trying to turn it around."
Some of the colorful comments on Tuesday night included:
"I've been telling my wife this for years: Size doesn't matter" after Southern Illinois was outrebounded.
"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" after Salukis forward made only 2 of 11 shots from the field.
"To me, when you've got a young team, it's a lot like house training a puppy dog. You know what, when the dog does something wrong, 'bad dog.' I'm not going to hit 'em. I'm not going to swat 'em, but bad dog, get on the treadmill."

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