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VIDEO: SIU coach Barry Hinson goes on epic rant after loss

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Southern Illinois lost 73-65 to Murray State on Tuesday night, and the Salukis apparently didn't play very well. I didn't watch the game, but I gather that head coach Barry Hinson was none too happy with his team's performance.

It certainly seems to be the clubhouse leader for best postgame press conference rant of the season.

It really heats up when Hinson starts talking about how his wife would pump-fake on shots around the basket. Yep.

Hinson also says his point guard was awful, his backcourt was awful, his players are uncoachable, references Seal Team Six -- just listen to it or watch it.

Update: Southern Illinois AD Mario Moccia spoke to ESPN about Hinson's comments, and backed his head coach.

"Barry cares about his players," Moccia said. "I know this is not the season he wanted to have after 10 games (2-8). 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.

"The one thing is Barry has connected with the fans, and he has exhibited passion. "People are used to his firebrand and bombastic outbursts. That's nothing new for folks around here. 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."

Hinson agreed with Moccia that he shouldn't have called out Marcus Fillyaw by name, calling it his only regret.

"I regret one thing -- calling out Marcus' name," Hinson told ESPN.com. "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."

(h/t Awful Announcing, OVC Ball)

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