After the No. 3 seeded Southern Illinois Salukis narrowly fell to the Northern Iowa Panthers, 61-58, in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Friday night in St. Louis, an emotional Barry Hinson took the podium one last time.
The six-year head coach at SIU announced his resignation after players exited the media room at the Enterprise Center.
"Last March, the chancellor and I made a pact that if we didn't go to the NIT or the NCAA [Tournament] that it would be time for me to step away," Hinson said.
In his 17 years as a Division I coach, Hinson never brought a team to the NCAA Tournament.
He spent 15 seasons in the MVC as he was with SIU for six seasons and nine seasons at Missouri State. Hinson stands fourth all-time in overall wins (268) and in MVC wins with 145.
The Salukis finished 17-15, 10-8 MVC this season with five graduating seniors.
Senior Kavion Pippen led the Salukis Friday night with 22 points and 11 rebounds.