CARBONDALE — SIU's new men's basketball coach will have a completely new staff when he tries to end a 12-year postseason drought in 2019-20.
Bryan Mullins, who hired his older brother, Brendan, away from Illinois State, said he will not be retaining anyone from Barry Hinson's staff in an interview with The Southern Illinoisan on Tuesday. Anthony Beane Sr., whose son, Darius, is going to be a sophomore on the team this winter, had been with the Salukis and Hinson since 2012. Mullins said Darius was still committed to the program.
Assistant coaches Brad Autry and Justin Walker came to SIU in 2015 and 2017, respectively. SIU won 20 or more games in two of the previous three seasons before going 17-15 this past season with five returning starters.
The Salukis haven't made the postseason since competing in the NIT in 2008. SIU made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances before that from 2002-07, two of which were with Mullins as the starting point guard (2006 and 2007). The Salukis reached the Sweet 16 in 2007 and set the school record for wins (29).
Evan Taylor, a senior wing at Glenbard West High School that signed with SIU last November, is not coming to play for the Salukis. Taylor de-committed from SIU and asked for his release earlier this month, he announced on Twitter. Tuesday, Taylor verbally committed to Lehigh, a program in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks went 20-11 last season and return junior guard Jordan Cohen, a second team All-Patriot League selection.
Hinson's other two recruits for the upcoming season, incoming freshmen Chris Payton and Lance Jones, are still on board for this season, Mullins said. Payton, a 6-foot-7 forward at Bloomington High School, is ranked as the 13th-best player in Illinois by prephoops.com. Jones, a 6-2 guard that helped Evanston High School to a third-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament, is ranked the 20th-best player in the state by the website.
Taylor's move to Lehigh gives Mullins three scholarships to fill for the upcoming season. If Jimmy Beane, Darius' cousin who paid his own way at SIU this season to try to qualify academically for a scholarship, doesn't end up coming, he could have four.
• Porter Moser decides to stay at Loyola: Loyola coach Porter Moser, Mullins' former boss, decided to stay with the Ramblers after entertaining an offer from St. John's, according to multiple media outlets Tuesday.
Moser led Loyola to the Final Four in 2018 and a tie for the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference championship this past season with Drake. The Ramblers received the No. 1 seed at the MVC tournament and lost to eventual champion Bradley in the semifinals. They received an automatic bid to the NIT by winning the regular-season championship (and the subsequent tiebreaker with Drake). Moser is 141-125 in eight seasons at Loyola and 246-226 overall.