Tag:Florida International
Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:28 am
 

Former FIU recruit commits to Auburn

Cedrick McAfee made headlines a few weeks back when he committed to Florida International.

He made more headlines Sunday by committing to ... Auburn.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Melrose High in Memphis pledged his allegiance during a weekend visit with first-year Auburn coach Tony Barbee, a former Memphis assistant who still has strong ties to the city. McAfee chose Auburn over Baylor and FIU. Scout.com ranks him 99th in the Class of 2011.
Posted on: November 9, 2009 1:56 am
Edited on: November 9, 2009 1:59 am
 

Welcome to Opening Day


It's disappointing that college basketball's Opening Day isn't more eventful, or even an event of some kind. There's no Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, no Black Eyed Peas concert, no nothing. Just four games that are, on paper, mismatches with Florida International's Isiah Thomas coaching against North Carolina serving as the only notable storyline.

That'll be fun until tipoff.

Then we'll have a blowout on our hands.

So, no, the nation is not buzzing about college hoops today.

Why would it?

But college basketball is here, regardless.

And for that, I'm thankful (even if I'm convinced there's got to be a better way to open the season).

Anyway, here's Monday's schedule:
  • Florida International at No. 6 North Carolina (at 7 p.m. ET)
  • Alcorn State at No. 16 Ohio State (7 p.m. ET)
  • Albany at Syracuse (9 p.m. ET)
  • Murray State at California (11 p.m. ET)
Posted on: August 7, 2009 2:27 pm
 

Isiah lands possible McDonald's All-American


I was skeptical when Florida International hired Isiah Thomas.

And by skeptical, I mean dismissive.

It seemed like a gimmick, the kind that never works. So I paid it little attention in the grand scheme of things and just sort of thought Thomas would come and go with no real impact. I gave it two years, tops. He wouldn't last, I was sure.

But it looks like I might've been wrong.

Thomas gained a commitment from possible McDonald's All-American Dominique Ferguson on Friday.

This is huge because it's another sign in a growing list of signs that Thomas is going to be able to lure legitimate high-major prospects to his Sun Belt school. Ferguson is ranked as the 16th-best prospect in the Class of 2010, case you didn't know. He was considering UCLA, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida, among others. But he chose FIU, and now I'm not so sure this Thomas-to-FIU thing won't work.
Posted on: April 14, 2009 9:47 am
Edited on: April 14, 2009 9:52 am
 

Thomas takes FIU job

Isiah Thomas has reached a deal to become the next men's head basketball coach at Florida International, a source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

A news conference is expected Wednesday.

According to the source, Thomas and FIU athletic director Pete Garcia met as far back as two weeks ago, which precipitated FIU "reassigning" coach Sergio Rouco on Monday. The source added that the reason Garcia "reassigned" Rouco is because it's less expensive than buying him out. Thus, the school had more money to throw at Thomas, an NBA Hall of Famer who most recently coached the New York Knicks.

Florida International was 13-20 this season.

Sources told CBSSports.com that Thomas tried to get involved with bigger jobs in the past month but quickly learned he was not an ideal candidate for any established program. That's when informal conversations with FIU began, the sources said while adding that Thomas was open to the Sun Belt job in part because he already owns a home in the Miami area.

Posted on: April 13, 2009 5:58 pm
 

FIU targeting former Knicks coach Thomas

Isiah Thomas is in discussions to possibly become the next men's head basketball coach at Florida International, a source connected to FIU confirmed to CBSSports.com on Monday.

According to the source, Thomas and FIU athletic director Pete Garcia met as far back as two weeks ago, which precipitated FIU "reassigning" coach Sergio Rouco on Monday. The source added that the reason Garcia "reassigned" Rouco is because it's less expensive than buying him out. Thus, the school now has more money to throw at Thomas, an NBA Hall of Famer who most recently coached the New York Knicks.

Attempts by CBSSports.com to reach Rouco on Monday were unsuccessful.

Florida International was 13-20 this season.

 
 
 
 
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