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September 01, 2009

It Will Be....FIU vs. North Carolina (Updated)

Logo After one week of deciding whether or not to play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, your Panthers have decided to take on North Carolina on Nov. 9 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Unc Here's your MH story for Wednesday's paper on Tuesday afternoon....

   FIU will take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill after all on Nov. 9 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in new Golden Panthers coach Isiah Thomas’s first game.

   Last November, FIU signed a contract to play in the tournament stating the Panthers would open against either Ohio State or North Carolina. FIU was told by tournament organizers that its first round game and season opener would be against Ohio State.

   Last Tuesday, tournament organizers sent FIU an e-mail saying it had switched the Panthers first roundIthomassi game to be against North Carolina. FIU was upset about the way the switch was handled and thought about not playing in the tournament.

   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 North Carolina.

   “We are honored to play against North Carolina, the defending national champions,” Thomas said. “We are happy to participate in the cause and we are proud to be invited and want to help promote the American Cancer Society in any way we can.”

   As part of the tournament, FIU will host a subregional round at U.S. Century Bank Arena from Nov. 20-23 with James Madison, Murray State and North Carolina Central each playing three games.

   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 North Carolina will be broadcast on ESPNU.


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