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Old Basketball Numbers, New Volleyball Players, Maybe Football Players


A few things from the perusal of Isiah Thomas' file and Richard Pitino's contract for the above story:

1. Under "Termination by University for Just Cause" there are nine ways this can happen that are spelled out in Thomas' contract. There are 19 in Pitino's. The phrase "win-loss record is not considered "just cause"" appears in subsection (a) of Thomas' deal. It doesn't appear at all in Pitino's, although his (a) is otherwise identical to Thomas': "failure to perform Head Basketball Coach's duties as set forth in this Agreement or refusal or unwillingness to perform such duties as set forth in this Agreement."

2. The performance bonuses show Thomas' people knew they were negotiating from strength. Pitino gets only $10,000 for winning the conference tournament or getting an at-large NCAA bid while Thomas would've gotten $20,000. Conference Coach of the Year and each NCAA round bonuses each had the same 10-20 disparity. Thomas also would've gotten $10,000 for each postseeason NIT win. Pitino gets a handshake and another road trip. But Pitino does get $100,000 should FIU make the Final Four and $250,000 for winning the national title. Thomas got nothing for the Final Four and $100,000 for winning the title. Pitino gets roster bonuses. Thomas didn't.

3. In an amazing coincidence, FIU's individual game ticket sales were identical in 2009-10 and 2010-11. According to sales reports in Thomas' file (he got half the ticket revenue over $1,000), in each season, FIU sold 16 of the $60 Floor Seats; 846 of the $10 reserved seats; 353 of the Upper Bowl Adult tickets; and 187 of the $5 Upper Bowl Junior or Senior tickets. They also sold 36 season tickets for the Floor Seats each season and 65 Family Plan season tickets.

Most remarkable numeric coincidence since Rams NFL title game appearances after the 1951, 1979 and 1999 seasons all ended with the NFL's No. 1 offense getting the winning touchdown on a 73-yard pass. Or Henry Aaron, No. 44, hitting his 715th career home run in the fourth inning of the fourth game of the 1974 season, in the fourth month of the year, in a game that had seen four runs scored already.


The volleyball team announced four signees Tuesday.

Lucia Castro, 6-1, is a member of Puerto Rico's National Team


Maryna Samoday, a 6-1 outside hitter from the Ukraine by way of Seminole State College, will play both regular and sand volleyball.

Kimberly Smith, a 6-3 middle blocker from Zionsville, Indiana (a now-bustling suburb just on the other side of the northern county line from Indianapolis), spent two seasons at Robert Morris University-Illinois. Last season, she was in the NAIA's top 35 in hitting percentage, blocks and blocks per game.

Brittany Spencer, a 6-2 middle blocker, did one year at Miami-Dade and comes from Chesterfield, Virginia.


FOOTBALL A Hallandale High coach announced that FIU offered linebacker Jeremy Derrick Tuesday. An FIU coach also was at Tallahassee Godby High visiting defensive back Lester Thomas and wide receiver Earl Calloway.


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Hey DNJ? Why does the above story have Adam Beasly as the co-author??? I mean, i just dont get it. The article is something that one person can write. Anyways, I hope Adam Beasly does not come back here because we dont like him.

I understand that you are doing your job and all, but the FIU community does not care about Isiah Thomas, besides Rick Sanchez doing FIU Radio Football, Thomas was the worse hire. All of this story tells me, is that FIU has some "Fuzzzzzy" math when it comes to their numbers. There is no market for college b-ball is South Florida, and FIU will always be a bunch of loosers when it comes to Baskteball.

Isiah Thomas was no good. I never saw him around campus during my time there. Isiah was not part of the community, he promised the pie in the sky, but all we got was a man who acted like he was Phil Jackson.

Anyways, my two cents. I will be coming to Miami in August for a job interview and I cannot wait to see the stadium. I am hoping to land a job there, because things here in China are getting tough. The water comes out red from the pipes, and I dont think that it is normal for that to happen.

Regards, your favorite Chiness Exchange Student, that has graduated, and is looking for a job, to escape Communist China.

DJN, do you really believe that there is some "unseemly" reason why IT was let go? Either it was because he couldn't win ballgames despite recruiting the most highly rated players in FIU history, or, it had something to do with an issue not mentioned in his contract. Most people would guess the former. If you believe it is the latter, why not go to work?

I really can't believe I have to spell this out.

If they wanted to fire him because of won/loss record, then why not a) just flatly say so and b) fire him as soon as possible after the season so the new guy has more time to recruit? Why do it in bum rush manner on a Friday afternoon a month after the season? Considering all the reasons for which a coach can be fired these days -- and Isiah Thomas' history as part of the losing side in multi-million dollar civil litigation brought by an employee -- the way in which the firing was handled unfairly opened a window for logical speculation. We're not the only ones in the media who requested his file.

That FIU owed him the rest of his base salary and acknowledged owing him means the school and athletic department are saying on the legal record that it knows of no school policies or NCAA rules being violated. That was the main question I wanted answered one way or another. Again, The Herald wasn't alone in wondering about that.

And, Diagodog, there's NOTHING for which a coach can be fired that isn't covered as being either for cause or not. A reason will be one or the other. If you're fired for standing at the corner of Flagler and 107th while screaming a rant about missing the Pollo Supremo that used to be there, that'll fall under a condition covered in your contract. Which is why it's interesting that Pitino's contract doesn't speficially state, as Thomas' did, that won/loss record falls under firing without cause.

Well, David, you are the reporter who gets paid to speak to sources and otherwise try and come up with some simulacrum of fact upon which to base a story. We as readers are allowed to speculate based upon nothing. My point is, if you think something funny has gone on, bird dog it. I'd love to know what "informed sources" are saying. And did I mention that I personally believe that SOMETHING more than.meets the eye must have been involved, contract clauses and w-l record aside?

It was cool to find out ho contracts work, but other than that this was a boring story.

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