ESPNChicago’s Scott Powers reports that Kansas Director of Basketball Operations Barry Hinson has agreed to be the next head coach of the Southern Illinois Salukis men’s basketball team. Hinson has been on the Kansas’ staff since 2008 and prior to that spent eleven seasons as a Division I head coach (two at Oral Roberts then nine at Missouri State) accumulating a head coaching record of 205-140.
Hinson comes to Carbondale with Missouri Valley experience, as well as solid postseason history – he led Missouri State to four NIT berths. As far as the eye test goes, Hinson is a good hire for Southern and brings winning experience to a team desperate to reclaim its position at the top of the MVC.
Hinson replaces Chris Lowery, who was fired back on March 2nd after a disappointing eighth season in which the Salukis went just 8-23. Many thought that former Illinois and SIU coach Bruce Weber could be the next Saluki head coach, since he is recently unemployed and had a successful tenure in Carbondale from 1998-2003. A number of other Big Ten assistants were thought to be candidates, as well, including Illinois’ Jay Price and Indiana’s Tim Buckley.