SOUTHERN ILLINOIS COACH SAID THE RIGHT THING
December 19, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
How refreshing! Southern Illinois men’s basketball Coach Barry Hinson took his team to the woodshed after the Salukis’ loss to Murray State Tuesday night. Hinson made it clear, he wasn’t happy with his teams’ performance by calling them “a bunch of mama’s boys”, and compared the disciplining of his team to house-breaking a puppy.
Hinson also singled out point guard Marcus Fillyaw, who turned the ball over twice, was held scoreless, committed three fouls and had only one assist in 14 minutes of play. As a team, Southern Illinois played about as bad as they could…shooting only 42%, committing 18 turnovers and were out-rebounded 40-29.
So why are some people upset with Hinson? It’s about time a coach takes his team to task when they continue to make the same mistakes. Hinson is correct….”this is the big time”. Whether it’s a player from Southern Illinois or North Carolina, these players are expected to perform at a higher level. That’s why they are getting a chance to play college basketball.
What is wrong with being truthful about how a team plays? What’s wrong with being candid and not being politically correct all the time? There was nothing wrong with what Coach Hinson said. Hinson should be tired of players rolling their eyes, putting their heads down when things don’t go right, or feeling sorry for themselves.
More coaches need to be blunt about how their team plays and stop all the “coach speak”. Jay Bilas of ESPN was on the mark when he said “On one hand, we want our coaches and subjects to be candid with us and tell us the truth, and then when they do we want to criticize them for that, too. I have no problem with coaches that want to perhaps motivate their teams. I don’t think any of it was over the top. We’ll see if it works.”
I have a feeling Coach Hinson’s players will be better at basketball and at life if they will be more willing to listen to him.