LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Not too often do coaches come into Rupp Arena and tell the Big Blue Nation what to do, but Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson did just that Friday night.
Kentucky defeated the Salukis 71-59 to improve to 1-1. Hinson opened up his post-game news conference saying that Kentucky fans needed to have patience.
Attached is a full video of what Hinson said during the news conference, below is the transcription.
"The thing that I’ll tell you about your team—I said this coming into the game and I’ll say it coming out of the game—when you coach 18, 19, 20 year olds…let me give you this analogy: When I was growing up there used to be a cartoon character called Marmaduke. You older guys are shaking your head like you know what I’m talking about, but Marmaduke was just a big puppy and Marmaduke was always making mistakes, but Marmaduke was just a funny, big puppy. And, a lot of times it takes us awhile to get these young guys to play the way we want to get them to play. Now, Big Blue Nation, I’m going to talk to you for a second. You need to read the book of Job; you need to have a little bit of patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day. These guys are 18, 19, 20 years old. And, you have children, you have children of your own. And, you want to microwave the maturation process and you can’t do that. It takes time. So back off and let these guys go through the maturity process and let Coach Calipari do what he does best. And by March, you’re going to have something on the floor that you’re going to be really proud of. Has anybody ever come into the pressroom and gotten on Big Blue Nation before?”