FIU will take on
Last November, FIU signed a contract to play in the tournament stating the Panthers would open against either
Last Tuesday, tournament organizers sent FIU an e-mail saying it had switched the Panthers first round game to be against
However, the Panthers decided against it on Tuesday afternoon.
“We felt that after everything that has been said and done over the last 8 or 9 days that the biggest benefit and the biggest winners in our decision to play in this tournament is going to be the American Cancer Society,” FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said.
Thomas -- whose father, Isiah, and former coach and mentor Chuck Daly both died of cancer -- played his last game at the collegiate level as an Indiana Hoosiers point guard against the Tar Heels in the 1981 National Championship game.
Now Thomas will make his collegiate coaching debut against
“We are honored to play against
As part of the tournament, FIU will host a subregional round at U.S. Century Bank Arena from Nov. 20-23 with James Madison,
Garcia said FIU considered the option to play in the 2010 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. Garcia, however, said playing the tournament in 2010 would not have the same appeal as playing this year in Thomas’s first game as coach.
FIU’s opening game against
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