ISU men's hoops assistant Beane, son heading to Southern Illinois

2012-05-18T18:45:00Z 2012-05-19T00:13:10Z ISU men's hoops assistant Beane, son heading to Southern IllinoisBy Randy Kindred |

NORMAL — Anthony Beane and his son, Anthony Jr., will still have a coach-player relationship in college. It just will be a bit farther south than originally planned.

An assistant coach at Illinois State the past five years, Beane was hired Friday as an assistant at Missouri Valley Conference rival Southern Illinois under new head coach Barry Hinson.

Meanwhile, Normal Community High School star Anthony Jr. was granted his release from his national letter of intent by ISU, paving the way for him to follow his father to Southern Illinois.

The elder Beane said Hinson, former head coach at Missouri State, called and offered him a position on his staff shortly after ISU head coach Tim Jankovich left in late April to become associate head coach/coach in-waiting under Larry Brown at Southern Methodist.

“With so many things up in the air at the time, he really didn’t put any pressure on me,” Beane said. “He just let me know he’d love to have me on the staff and to take my time with it.

“I was dealing with some other options at the time, but as time went on my family and I talked about it and prayed about it and this is the direction the Good Lord sent us. We’re real excited about it.”

Beane said he talked throughout last week with Jankovich’s successor, former Redbird standout Dan Muller, but that by early this week Hinson needed a decision.

“Coach Hinson had been patient, but I had to let him know. It was real obvious for me that for my family and I, this would be a great move,” Beane said. “Dan (Muller) is a great guy and will do great things here.”

Beane said the downside for him and his family, which also includes his wife, Katina, and a seventh-grade son, Darius, is leaving ISU, the community and the Redbird players.

“Illinois State and the town of Normal have been real good to me and my family,” Beane said. “Every minute and every second have been wonderful.

“It’s going to be tough playing against those guys (the current players). I’ll be cheering for them and hoping they win every game in the conference except two.”

This was Beane’s second stint at ISU. He also was an assistant from 2000-2002 under Tom Richardson. He spent four years as an assistant at Saint Louis University before returning to ISU in 2007.

Beane Jr., a 6-foot-1 guard, signed with ISU on Nov. 9. He was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year the past two seasons and The Pantagraph Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 16.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

He led NCHS to fourth place in the Class 4A State Tournament as a junior and to back-to-back Big 12 titles.

“I know he’s really excited about the opportunity (at SIU),” his father said. “But it’s a little tough for him, too.

“He went to high school here for four years and his high school coaches … he’s really close to those guys. He got to know the guys on the (current ISU) team as well.”

Beane Sr. said he is grateful to ISU for granting his son a release knowing he likely was headed to another Missouri Valley school.

“(Athletic director) Gary Friedman and the administration at Illinois State have been first class about everything,” Beane said.

“That’s another thing that makes it hard to walk away because you’re walking away from good people.”

Hinson said he was “extremely pleased” to add Beane, adding, “He's a veteran coach who is familiar with the Missouri Valley Conference, and he's a strong recruiter who can help us in St. Louis and Chicago.”

ISU associate athletic director Todd Kober reiterated Friday that Dana Ford, a Wichita State assistant coach and former Redbird player, and Rob Judson, an assistant to Jankovich who was a candidate for the head coaching job, have been offered assistant coaching positions but that “those details are still being worked out.”

The Wichita Eagle newspaper reported Ford will be Muller’s associate head coach.

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(8) Comments

  1. Sretooh5
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    Sretooh5 - May 19, 2012 2:20 pm
    Sorry to say, the only reason Hinson wants Beane Sr., so he can have Beane Jr. And he has a great chance at starting for them next year. He wouldnt get much playing time at ISU vs at SIU. All that said SIU's program is a mess why go there? Barry Hinson is a nice guy but coaching wise good luck. Judson has to go, especially if Ford is going to be the associate coach. Probably best for both parties. ISU needs to clean house of all coaches in order to create a positive environment moving forward. I would seriously offer an assistant job to the Chicago Simeon coach.
  2. 1bigdaddy
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    1bigdaddy - May 19, 2012 12:40 pm
    The Beane's are a "class act" - All the best - The Redbirds loss is the Salukis gain.
  3. The Truth as I see it
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    The Truth as I see it - May 19, 2012 7:34 am
    How sad that the actions of one man impacts the lives of so many. When Jank left for SMU, his commitment to ISU, his staff, players both current and recruited, became void. His decision to go for the money(which was a smart move) disrupted the lives of many. The Beane family decision to stay together is remarkable especially in this day and age. NCAA rules probably prohibit the coach from talking about it. However, I suspect that the SIU coach really wanted Beane, Jr. and Beane, Sr. Is part of the package. Beane, Jr. undoubtedly had many inquires after Jank left. The family appears to be close and this move represents their closeness. Best wishes and God Blessings to them.
  4. xnader
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    xnader - May 18, 2012 10:18 pm
    I had the same choice 35 years ago when my Dad changed jobs.......I stayed with my commitment and neither one of us regretted it. I would have felt slighted going to a school that didn't recruit me, but recruited my Dad......Different time, different era
  5. TwentyTwo
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    TwentyTwo - May 18, 2012 9:51 pm
    Ain't happening, so no reason to whine....
  6. Lil Red
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    Lil Red - May 18, 2012 7:32 pm
    Now all we need is for Rob Judson to leave and the disaster will be complete.
  7. DingFriesAreDone
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    DingFriesAreDone - May 18, 2012 7:20 pm
    wow. and to think, this would have all been avoided if we just woulda offered jankovich some more money. bye janks, moore, and the beane family. i wonder how many more are going to go. i hate this right now...
  8. islandbreeze33
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    islandbreeze33 - May 18, 2012 3:57 pm
    OK... Now an open scholarship for a PG.
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