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Isiah Thomas Stays Put Just in Time to Make the Cover of New Times

Over the weekend, Florida International University men's basketball coach Isiah Thomas denied a Foxsports.com report that the Los Angeles Clippers were courting him to be the NBA team's president, general manager, and coach.
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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

empty seats.

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.

Isiah Thomas Contract

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