Isiah Thomas accepts coaching job at FIU

NBA great and former Knicks coach/President Isiah Thomas was named head coach for Florida International University’s basketball program on Tuesday afternoon.

Zeke’s tenure in New York was marked by controversy both on and off the court. He routinely had public disputes with his players and was accused of sexually harassing a female staffer in the Knicks organization, a lawsuit that set management back nearly $12M. Not to mention, he was only 56-108 as the head coach. His firing was inevitable, but his troubled past didn’t keep him from landing his new gig in Miami.

Can Thomas succeed as a college coach? Well, he didn’t do too well in the NBA, but that’s a different game. Lets not forget he did play for Bobby Knight, the great motivator/choker/chair thrower so he knows a thing or two about how to motivate or, at the very least, scare college players. Certainly he has a daunting task ahead, FIU has had only 1 winning season this century, they finished 16-14 in 99-00.
As a college coach he’ll have new and unenviable experiences. Recruiting is a game in itself and he’ll be responsible for 15 kids a year and will have 30 parents, the university and the media watching closely anticipating a fall. Personally, I’m pulling for Zeke to succeed. We all deserve second chances, lets see if Thomas can take full advantage of this one. FIU isn’t exactly known for having a top notch athletic program, so his choices were obviously limited. Failure here could spell the end of Thomas’ coaching career.
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