Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson delivered the press conference of the year after Tuesday night’s 73-65 loss to Murray State. Hinson, the second-year coach who is 16-25 with the Salukis, has his team off to a 2-8 start this season and is less than pleased about the state of his team. Fast forward to the 3:00 mark of the video. It kicks off with this:
“I’ve been telling my wife this for years: size doesn’t matter.”
A little more than a minute later, he unleashes this gem:
“There was a sniper in the gym. Did you see that? We had guys falling down.”
“I would have thought Navy Seal Team 6 was out there.”
MORE: Hinson apologizes for rant
At this point, I’m just ruining this for you. Listen here:
We laugh, but Southern Illinois senior Davante Drinkard didn’t find it too funny:
UPDATE: Hinson was on the Yahoo! SportsDash on Wednesday, where he apologized for calling out guard Marcus Fillyaw.
(h/t OVC Ball via Awful Announcing)
An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.
The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.
But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.
New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.
The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.