Come on Isiah, don’t be afraid
Ok Isiah has a point. I can’t believe I said that. Anywho, the Gazelle Group, who are the organizers for the Coaches Versus Cancer Classic, apparently changed the opening round games of Ohio State, North Carolina, Alcorn State, and Thomas’ Florida International. The tourney schedule did have Alcorn State playing North Carolina and Florida International playing Ohio State. That was until Tuesday.
On Tuesday North Carolina gave out a press release stating that their opening game of the 2009-10 season in the C.v.C.C. was against Florida International. When learning this the FIU officials threatened to pull out of the tourney if they weren’t switched back to playing Ohio State. While I said Thomas did make a good point by subtly thinking his team can’t compete against UNC, he’s also contradicting himself at the same time, and that’s where I have a problem.
See Thomas was quoted earlier this month by the A.P. about his opener, and Thomas said “If at some point and time you’re going to be able to play with the big boys, you might as well jump right into the fire and get started.” So what seems to be the problem Isiah? The organizers had Florida International playing Ohio State before you took over at FIU. Then they realized, boy what great attention that would bring if Isiah played against UNC to open the year. Good “business” move on their part, and by saying you might as well jump into the fire and get started pretty much gave everyone the sign that you were willing to play anyone. Now you don’t want to play North Carolina. So you want to play with the big boys, you don’t just want to play with that big of boys is that the case?
What kind of message does that send your team? Now this is just my opinion, but doesn’t every coach go into every game thinking they can win? If so, what kind of message are you giving to the country if you say you’re willing to play with the big boys, but if the competiton is too steep you don’t want to play? I’ll tell you what kind of message that sends the country, the message says that you’re afraid Isiah. While at some point you might get FIU into the Top 25 in your tenure, but you’re not starting out too optimistic.