View Full Version : Isiah Thomas' next stop: FIU?

04-13-2009, 07:41 PM
Florida International is trying to hire former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas as its next basketball coach, sources have told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

A source close to the situation said that if Garcia is unable to reach a deal with Thomas this week, he would likely pursue another coaching candidate to replace Rouco.

The Sun Belt has recently become a second-chance destination. Florida Atlantic hired former St. John's coach Mike Jarvis and Arkansas State hired former LSU coach John Brady.

Rich Kelch, a Florida International spokesperson, wouldn't confirm or deny the school's interest in Thomas (or any other coaching names) to replace Rouco, who was fired after five straight losing seasons, including a 13-20 campaign this year.

Rouco finished with a 55-94 record in five years at FIU, which hasn't finished with a winning record since going 16-14 in the 1999-2000 season.

"We feel that it is now time to move in a different direction," Garcia said Monday. "Sergio will remain in our organization in a different capacity and we look forward to continuing to work with him to further build the FIU program."

Thomas won NBA titles as a player with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990, and an NCAA championship with Indiana in 1981. He joined the Knicks as the team president in 2003 and became coach in June 2006.

Last season, Thomas drew the wrath of fans in New York and was dismissed with a 56-108 record with the Knicks. Overall, he is 187-223 as an NBA coach, leading the Indiana Pacers to the playoffs in three straight years from 2000-03.

Two weeks ago, ESPN.com reported that Thomas spoke with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling about a job. Thomas has two years left on his contract with the Knicks, but has been granted permission to seek work elsewhere.

On Oct. 24, 2008, police in Westchester County, N.Y., said they found a man passed out on the floor after an accidental overdose on sleeping pills at Thomas' house. Authorities have not publicly identified the man as Thomas, who said it was his teenage daughter who required treatment.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


04-13-2009, 10:27 PM
noturnormalhero must be happy

Wake's Fastball
04-15-2009, 03:54 PM
If nothing else, Thomas was a great evaluator of talent coming out of college. Maybe he'll carry that over to FIU?

04-17-2009, 11:05 PM
Good luck to Thomas at FIU. Hope he has a good season next year.

04-20-2009, 05:08 PM
Not sure if I'm happy but it sure as hell made me laugh when i heard this last week though. Can't see him being successful at all here. I truthfully don't see what would make a kid come down here to play for someone with that much of a bad reputation as of late. This is a BIG reach for a school trying to build it's way up to the spotlight but will always be in the background to the University of Miami. FIU's football team is trying the same thing by spending millions on their football stadium which cut funds for schools programs and classrooms in attempt to generate money and "build" their athletic department. They played Georgetown and UCLA away in basketball and this year they play Florida and Alabama in football. Now they hire Isiah. FIU is hard enough to get kids to play considering Miami is not the greatest place to recruit basketball players. Let along having UM a few miles away with a program who is far higher on their rebuilding process than FIU with a more respectable coach and athletic department. School will definitely be noticed and get the publicity it wants though. Only hope he has is the fact they play in the Sun Belt Conference :sleep: