Jan 9, 2013; Wichita, KS, USA; Southern Illinois Salukis head coach Barry Hinson (right) reacts after his team turned over the ball in the final seconds of the game against the Wichita State Shockers at the Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State defeated Southern Illinois 82-76. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson to miss Sunday’s game

Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson will miss the team’s road game on Sunday following the death of his son-in-law.

From ESPN,

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.

This news comes after some other remarks Hinson made regarding his team, just last week.

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.

SIU is currently 4-8 on the sason, and they sit in first place in the MVC.

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