S. Illinois hires ex-Missouri St. coach Hinson


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Former Missouri State men's basketball coach Barry Hinson says he's "genuinely excited" to be chosen to take the helm of Southern Illinois' slumping program.

Hinson was introduced Wednesday as the Salukis' men's coach. The 50-year-old coach, who spent the past four seasons at Kansas, agreed to a five-year contract with Southern Illinois.

The deal will pay him $250,000 a year during the first two years before rising to $350,000 by the contract's last year.

Hinson was fired by Missouri State in 2008 after failing to take that program to the NCAA tournament in nine seasons, during which time he guided Missouri State to a 169-117 mark.

He replaces Chris Lowery, who went 145-116 in eight seasons with the Salukis but was fired March 2 after an 8-23 season.

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