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Barry Hinson officially announced as Southern Illinois Head Coach

College SportsSouthern Illinois SalukisMissouri State BearsMissouri Valley ConferenceNCAA

CARBONDALE, IL - Barry Hinson is officially back in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The former Missouri State coach was officially announced as Southern Illinois' new head coach at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Hinson, who spent the past 2 season as Director of Basketball Operations at Kansas, was fired at Missouri State following the 2007-08 season after going 169-117 in 9 seasons.  Hinson was criticized most for has failure to lead the Bears to the NCAA Tournament during his tenure in Springfield.

Hinson replaces Chris Lowery who was fired by SIU earlier this month after posting an 8-23 record.  Lowery, an SIU alum, was 145-116 in 8 seasons as the Saluki's head coach.

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