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Thursday, December 19, 2013


The old adage is --- > "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." 

Although I'm getting to this a few days after it occurred, here is a quick take a day after Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson learned the meaning of newfound, instantaneous fame gained through social media. In what was first a routine post game press conference at Murray State, the coach became an online "trender" when this video of his unfiltered remarks went viral after airing on a few local, then national sports tv shows. By the way, all the drama took place after the SIU Salukis lost to Murray St. 72-65 on Dec. 17th.

If you have a few minutes, please be sure to see the raw footage from local tv NBCs WPSD-TF to get a full impression of the coach and his messages. Although, I'm sure his wife and kids might not appreciate some of the commentary, the man lays it on the line.

Note: In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Hinson's wife didn't bat an eyelash at her husband's references to "size doesn't matter," and she - good-naturedly - noted, "There is no filter between what he is thinking and his mouth."

Coach Hinson also apologized for one important action made during his press conference and that was his calling out one, single player by name. 

Good for the coach.  Although some took the clip as another ranting maniac college head coach going off after a game (see Bob Knight, Indiana), the complete picture of Hinson shows a :good ole southern boy being himself, stating his honest-to-goodness feelings and trying to motivate a team of players that were underperforming.  

I say: Good for you, coach Hinson. Good for his wife and good for his team. I have a feeling there are a few more Southern Illinois Salukis fans today than there were last week.

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