Barry Hinson was axed despite a winning record last season. Maybe I'm bitter because Hinson was one of the Missouri Valley Conference's best quotes. Or I'm bitter because the Southern Illinois-Missouri State rivalry was pretty darn good when it was truly a game of me and my shadow.
Luckily, for Barry, he landed on his feet with a nice, cushy assistant coaches job with Bill Self and Kansas. Now that's what I call good timing.
In the end, Cuonzo Martin will end up being a good head coach for the Bears. He's got a nice young forward in Kyle Weems and comes from the Gene Keady-Bruce Weber-Matt Painter line of coaches.
And after finishing nine games under .500, the sky is the limit for the young Bears.
Wichita State outlasts Missouri State [Daily Egyptian]