The Isiah Thomas era at the Knicks is over: Florida International University confirmed that the player-turned-coach/management executive accepted a position coaching there. Thomas's reign at the Knicks has been disappointing and troubled, but last month he told reporters he was looking forward to helping Knicks president Donnie Walsh with the draft. Newsday reports, "From the day Thomas was stripped of his titles and responsibilities with the Knicks - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - Walsh gave him permission to seek other opportunities." Thomas issued a statement, "Coming back to the college game has always been a dream of mine, and I didn't want to pass up an opportunity to go somewhere where we can build a basketball legacy together."