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Thomas fired by Florida International University after three seasons


Isiah Thomas coaching Knicks (2007 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Florida International University is located in Miami, Florida.

The school is a Mid-major playing in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. The enrollment is 47,966 students.

Three years ago the athletics department came up with the idea of bringing in a name basketball coach who could lure “big-time talent to the tropical paradise of South Florida. They felt they could win.

Entering the picture was former NBA star and coach Isiah Thomas to take a risk with an unknown program.

Thomas signed a five-year deal with the school to take the job, accepting nothing in base salary for his first season but agreeing to receive almost half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships.

Three years into the agreement, FIU did not see the fruits of his labor enough to reward the final two years of his contract.

The basketball program never was able to generate the enthusiasm that the school administration and Thomas had hoped. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season.

One of the problems is that FIU tried to schedule games at home when the NBA’s Miami Heat were on the road and sometimes that didn’t work out because game dates and times have to be mutually agreed upon by both schools and the league it plays in.

Other factors that hurt FIU, is that the University of Miami draws huge crowds and has a winning team plus, Miami being a paradise city as mentioned before, there is the beach, surfing and volleyball for people to engage in.

(courtesy of Florida International University athletics)

The Panthers schedule was tough as well playing George Mason, Oral Roberts, Maryland, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Thomas, the Basketball Hall of Fame player, was fired last Friday with a record of 26-55. His teams never won more than 11 games in a season.

FIU has never been a basketball power. The school’s last winning season was 1999-2000, and its winning percentage of .315 since that period of time is one of the worst in college basketball, 329th out of 344 Division I men’s programs, according to STATS LLC.


Info compiled from Radio, TV, Florida International, Internet reports


Hewitt hired at George Mason University


Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech photo)

It didn’t take Paul Hewitt long to resurface as a college basketball coach.

He goes from a big-time program to one of college basketball’s top mid-major teams.

George Mason lost a Final Four coach in Jim Larranaga to the Miami Hurricanes and gains another Final Four coach in return.

The Patriots hired former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt over the weekend.

Hewitt was fired by the Yellow Jackets in March. He took Georgia Tech to the Final Four in 2004 and was 190-162 over 11 years at the Atlanta, Georgia school, but was only 72-104 in the always-tough ACC.

The 47-year-old Hewitt went 13-18 last season and the administration felt it was time for a change. He is receiving a $7.2 million buyout over five years from Georgia Tech.


Info courtesy of George Mason athletics


NCAA FIRST FOUR, Dayton, Ohio; VCU shows CAA belongs by beating USC game coverage

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Jamie Skeen (courtesy of VCU athletics)

Virginia Commonwealth University is a member of the NCAA Mid-major conference, Colonial Athletic Association.

The CAA is often disrepected by the national media, but it is a solid conference with VCU, Old Dominion, Northeastern, George Mason, Delaware, Drexel, Georgia State, Hofstra, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington and William & Mary.

The 11th-seeded team Rams used a suffocating defense to corral the taller and stronger USC Trojans in winning 59-46. The Rams up their record to 24-11.

Jamie Skeen scored 16 points to lead VCU into a showdown against sixth-seeded Georgetown (21-10) on Friday in Chicago.

Jio Fontan scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic 11 for USC (19-15), which managed only one field goal over the final 9 minutes of the game.

The Rams shut down Vucevic, a first-team All-Pac-10 performer, was double and triple-teammed and never got into a rhythm.

The halftime score was 22-22.

In the 2nd half, the Rams found their shooting shoes to go up 34-27. USC came back  to 44-43 but VCU pulled away never to give up the lead ever again.

Shaka Smart, the VCU coach was making a return to UD Arena. He used to be on the staff of the Dayton Flyers under Oliver Purnell as the head of basketball operations in the last decade.


46 553 Bradford Burgess VCU How hungry was the team going after loose balls, steals

46 555 Jamie Skeen VCU Getting an first NCAA win as a senior

46 556 Joey Rodriguez VCU On Colonial Athletic Association being disrrespected

46 557 Shaka Smart VCU coach Was he happy the game was 59-46

46 559 Shaka Smart VCU coach On game by Gahanna product Rob Brandenberg

46 562 Shaka Smart VCU coach Team handling NCAA exposure well, 1st win

46 565 Shaka Smart The First Four Games has been criticized his thoughts

46 566 Shaka Smart VCU coach He used to work for the Dayton Flyers, likes UD Arena atmosphere


46 539 Kevin O’Neill USC coach On loss, making NCAA, His Seniors

46 540 Nikola Vucevic Could not run offense thru him like planned

46 541 Nikola Vucevic USC This style of VCU is tough trying to stop 3′s and in foul trouble

46 542 Jio Fontan USC Why they lost, frustrations and emotions

46 545 Kevin O’Neill USC Did VCU want it more, was it their experience in NCAA before

46 547 Kevin O’Neill USC Did the lack of depth catch up with you tonight

46 548 Kevin O’Neill Stressing Tempo all year but couldn’t against VCU

Chris Wright named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week

University of Dayton star senior forward, Chris Wright was named the Atlantic 10 c0-Player of the Week for his play during the week ending January 2.

He shared the award with Charlotte’s Javarris Barnett.

Wright averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in leading the Flyers to two big non-conference wins over top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association and Mountain West Conference. Dayton trailed at halftime in both contests and Wright led both comebacks by scoring 25 of his 30 points on the week after halftime.

Chris Wright (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The senior with the 36-inch vertical leap, scored all 13 of his points against George Mason in the second half as the Flyers went on to win 73067. Wright garnered 12 points and nine rebounds in the double overtime, come-from-behind victory over the New Mexico last weekend. The native from Trotwood, Ohio finished the game against the Lobos with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year.

Wright leads Dayton in scoring (13.7), rebounding (8.9), blocked shots (18), field goals made (76), free throws made (51), steals (16), dunks (21) and double-doubles (6).

He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Naismith Trophy, Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and John Wooden Award.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics