Florida International Close to Destroying Program by Hiring Isiah Thomas

Tony ArnoldineCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 16: New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas watches the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden March 16, 2008 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Isiah Thomas—the former head coach and GM of the New York Knicks, the man who ruined the Continental Basketball Association, who was charged with sexually harassing a colleague, who overdosed on sleeping pills to the point where he needed an ambulance then tried to blame it on his daughter, who almost single-handily wiped away whatever pride was left of the Knicks organization—is close to getting another head coaching job.

Florida International University and Thomas are close to a deal that would make him the basketball team's head man. According to sources, the pact could be announced as early as Wednesday.

This job would, of course, be a bit of a step down for Thomas, who also coached the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. But one thing is widely agreed upon about Thomas—and that is his knack for discovering young talent. During his tenure as an NBA GM, he drafted Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, Nate Robinson, and David Lee.

Thomas would be the highest-profile coach in the Sun Belt Conference and that will probably help bring in recruits. The guy does know basketball, as much as Knicks fans hate to admit, and he isn't a horrible coach when given some decent talent.

One thing that makes it even better for FIU: You're not allowed to trade players in college hoops.


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