Isiah Thomas has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Florida International Golden Panthers, the athletic department announced Friday. The beleaguered former New York Knicks GM and head coach went 8-21 at FIU this season. He spent three years with the Panthers.
"We want to thank Isiah Thomas for his three years here at FIU," the school's executive director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said. "However, we have decided to take the program in a different direction."
Though Thomas' record was poor in Miami, there may have been other reasons why he was let go. Sport Illustrated's Chris Mannix indicated that Thomas' desire to return to the professional ranks may have played a part.
No surprise Isiah Thomas is out at FIU. People who have talked to him describe his interest in program as half hearted. He wants back in NBA— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) April 6, 2012
Given his dubious record in a leadership roles, it's tough to imagine Thomas making his way back into the NBA ranks anytime soon. FIU has not named an interim head coach.