During his postgame conference following the Golden Panthers' latest home loss, Thomas said, "I'm very happy here at FIU... I think we have a chance to build something really special here."
Maybe. According to hoops.com, FIU has the 17th highest-rated recruiting class for 2010.
But Thomas's first year as coach has been more of the same for the
Golden Panthers b-ballers -- in other words, a lot of losing in front of
For this week's cover story, I analyze the school's bold yet highly unsuccessful moves to build first-class football and basketball programs, focusing on Thomas's inaugural season.
Below, read Thomas's contract, which pays him $1.2 million over five years and includes bonuses for winning the Sun Belt Conference, making the NCAA postseason tournament, and winning the national championship.