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Isiah Thomas out as Florida International’s coach

Apr 6, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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Isiah Thomas’ tenure at Florida International is over.

After three seasons without a winning record that also saw the Golden Panthers finish at the bottom of the Sun Belt East standings the school announced Friday.

“We want to thank Isiah for his three years here at FIU. However, we have decided to take the program in a different direction,” athletic director Pete Garcia said in a release.

Thomas was 8-21 last season and 26-65 overall.

The school made a huge splash when it hired the NBA legend and former Indiana star three years ago. He promised he “build a basketball legacy” at FIU, but beyond signing a few solid recruits, the wins never materialized.

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  1. rzfimages - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    The only legacy Isiah has is a bad one lately. Good player; horrible as a coach and part of management.

  2. sabatimus - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Maybe, if he’d changed his name to Thompson, they’d have kept him on.

  3. jumbossportsblog - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  4. jagwar73 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    26-65 sounds about right for an Isiah Thomas coached team!!!

  5. mogogo1 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    His tenure at FIU will not be soon forgotten if only for one of the funniest gaffes in press conference history: FIU’s president introduced him as Isiah Thompson. So, even though the only reason they’d hired him was because of his name, they still messed up his name.

  6. cool10857 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Isiah is toxic to any basketball program.

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