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Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

Posted on: August 26, 2009 7:03 am
Nope. That would be the athletics director, someone named Pete Garcia, who had the nerve and the gall and the outright miscomprehension to complain that FIU is being "bullied" into opening its season against defending national champion North Carolina.

Most small-time college programs, which FIU absolutely is, are thrilled to get the exposure of a game against a team like UNC. Because most AD's get it. You're going to lose, but you're going to get 10 times the exposure as you would in a game -- even a victory -- against most other teams, even a team as good as Ohio State, which is the opponent Garcia expected to face.

In other words, losing to UNC is a loss everyone understands.

Pete Garcia doesn't understand.

He says he was bullied into the game, implying he was misled by Coaches vs. Cancer tournament officials. He said he thought FIU would open the Isiah Thomas era against Ohio State.

And maybe he has a point, but I'm guessing whatever is happening to FIU has happened to countless schools in countless early-season events over the years, and nobody else's AD ever complained as publicly as Garcia. Why? Because an unexpected game against an opponent like UNC is something to be cherished, bragged about, recruited around in the future.

Come to FIU, kid, and you'll play against teams like UNC.

Garcia doesn't get it, and he's complaining about it as if anyone would care about his side. We don't care, Pete. And now we know why you would interview an idiot like Isiah Thomas and then hire him.

Because on the day of that interview, Isiah was the smarter guy in the room.
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2009 7:33 pm

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

the real question here is...would FIU had complained if it didnt get Isaiah Thomas...i think not
getting a little cocky FIU...i mean really come on

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2009 11:43 am

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

Actually, I was completely wrong in my post.  I posted thinking all the games were at MSG.  Since they're not, my #2 falls completely apart.  My mistake. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2009 11:41 am

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

Give it a rest, dude.  You spend every day trying to fault in someone?

Garcia's probably right - he was probably misled and bullied.  You're not really contesting that.  You're just saying to shut up and deal with it.  A couple of issues with that

1) Whatever happened to principles?  IF FIU was lied to, that's ok?
2) Teams like FIU don' t schedule teams like UNC for the "exposure".  They schedule those games for their share of the $.  Coaches v. Cancer is at Madison Square Garden and as long as FIU isn't playing a complete also-ran program, they would make their money.  Instead they make similar money and have a 40 point loss shoved in their faces nationally.  Yup, real good exposure there.

I do love your logic though - "no one's ever complained before, so shut up".

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2009 7:04 pm

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

I think Doyel is right on this one. That seemed weird when thought it, and it still looks weird as I look at it in print, spit happens.

The FIU AD is obviously not one of those that believes that the only bad publicity is no publicity. Further, almost all D1 schools outside of the BCS would love to have a game against UNC. Sounds like the FIU AD needs to change his 'major'.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2009 6:59 pm

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

So true. I don't ordinarily find a great deal of common ground with Doyel but in this case although he misses the real point, he is right on the underlying money. According to a ,

"The Princeton, N.J.-based Gazelle Group, which operates the tournament, said Garcia signed a contract in November 2008 stipulating the Golden Panthers would play Ohio State or North Carolina sometime between Nov. 9-13. Garcia acknowledged signing that deal."
The salient point here, Mr. Doyel, is not that "countless schools in countless early-season events over the years" may or may not have found themselves playing opponents who are vastly above their weight. The point is that I cannot find any legitimate grounds for Garcia and FIU to complain. 

Let us recap. FIU admitted to signing a contract that states FIU will play either UNC or Ohio State. The Coaches vs. Cancer tournament claims to have sole authority to determine matchups and I see no reason to disbelieve the tournament - most tournaments do in fact have sole authority to determine matchups. So precisely why is Garcia complaining? He admits to signing the contract. If the tournament is telling the truth, they chose North Carolina as having a potentially more national interest than Ohio State. And North Carolina was a potential opponent specifically listed in the contract FIU signed. That being the case, I just can't see Garcia's 'we was snookered' argument anywhere.

If you sign a contract, then you are legally obligated. In this case, the contract specifically mentioned that FIU would play one of two opponents - both of which were named in said contract. FIU signed the contract and was duly assigned one of the two opponents that the contract mentioned. This has nothing to do with Carolina. As they say, they will play whomever the tounrament tells them to. And will probably win, although as brooksflow correctly comments, it is not out of the realm of possibility that FIU could pull the upset. This is not the same Carolina team that just cut down the nets at Ford Field. However, even if it was the same team that just cut down the nets, it would be irrelevant to the matter at hand.

Garcia is either trying to whip up an entirely undeserved public relations storm or he is simply an idiot. The evidence available so far would seem to suggest the latter.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2009 5:15 pm

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

This author is the biggest one of all time.. What ever that is. CBS has achieved a new low in it sports writing department with this headline. Heck with the story....

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2009 4:58 pm
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Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2009 4:34 pm

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

Doyel is right again...First about selective discipline and now about the FIU AD.  FIU should recruit to the fact that they get to play the teams like UNC.  For the kid who will never play in the Final Four, this could be as big as it gets.  Plus he should know that UNC will not necessarily run up a score or play like thugs.  If UNC were to get a big lead they would play lots of kids  and keep the score decent.  Unbelievable!

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2009 4:31 pm

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

Good entry Mr. Doyel.  UNC could care less who they play in the first game of that tourney, so I'm sure they'll sit back and let FIU et. al. figure this out.  Plus, what if FIU were able to pull a crazy upset?  St. Marys beat the Heels in their '05 opener.  A win over Ohio State wouldn't be nearly as newsworthy.  After losing to St. Mary's the Heels went on to win the title and that first game loss continued to be one of the story lines.  I also think it would be cool for UNC fans to see Thomas stalking the sidelines in the Dean Dome.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2009 4:09 pm

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

Is this the Isiah "Thompson" guy from the presser?  If so, we may have confirmation that his brain does not function properly.

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