Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Hinson Lays Foundation for Basketball Salukis
CARBONDALE -- New SIU men's basketball coach Barry Hinson says this summer is about laying the foundation for his program.
That means both on the floor and in the classroom, both places the Salukis have struggled in the past few years.
Due to a new NCAA rule, Hinson and his staff are getting extra time to work with players players on the court this summer. It gives teams the opportunity for eight hours a week of team related work. Actual work on the court cannot go more than two of those eight hours and can only be done in groups of four players or less. Previously, the coaches could only monitor strength and conditioning in the summer.
Off the court, the coach is making sure his players are taking care of their class work, which has been a problem the last few years.
According to the Academic Progress Report, released by the NCAA on Wednesday, the men's basketball team was SIU's lowest scoring program. The team scored 908 out of 1000. Teams face sanctions if that number falls below 900.
SIU Volleyball posted a perfect score, while softball was nearly perfect at 996. SIU Football was right at the national average, scoring 947.
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