As all the fall sports start practice, men's basketball coach Anthony Evans filled out his staff with assistant coaches Louis Rowe, Marco Morcos and Stephen Ott; director of basketball operations Gerald Gillion; and assistant director of basketball operations Juan Hernandez.
Rowe's a St. Petersburg native who has spent most of his college basketball staff career at James Madison. Ott worked on staffs at Siena and Lehigh during surprising NCAA runs, but most notably for FIU's purposes are the contacts he made while Director of Team Events for The Hoop Group. That put him in contact with AAU coadhes, directors and players around the nation.
Morcos most recently was an assistant at Rice from 2010-12 and director of basketball operations there and at Alabama-Birmingham. So, he knows Conference USA.
Morcos, born in Egypt, and two former Rice players, Iranian-born Arsalan Kazemi and Egyptian Omar Araby, alleged they were the targets of derogatory, discrimatory racial remarks from recently-departed Rice athletic director Rick Greenspan.