Bryan Mullins worked his way up from the bottom on Loyola’s basketball staff. He returns tonight ‘sitting 12 inches over’ as Southern Illinois head coach. squib

Bryan Mullins had just hung up his sneakers, professionally speaking.

Beset by injuries, he retired in 2013 after a four-year playing career in France and accepted a job as Loyola’s director of basketball operations.

This low-rung job on college basketball staffs is far from glamorous or lucrative....

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