Who’d have thought a 7-25  mark at Florida International would qualify former Knicks GM/President Isiah Thomas for a head coaching gig in more rarefied territory?  The Chicago Tribune’s Fred Mitchell reports Thomas would like to fill the vacancy at DePaul.

F.I.U. has a recruiting class that has been rated as high as 17th nationally. A source insists Thomas would be able to steer those recruits to DePaul if he were offered the job.

“Isiah also could recruit the Chicago kids. It has always been a fertile area,” said the source.

If Mitchell’s story is more than just wild speculation, it’s one heck of a kick in the teeth to FIU A.D. Pete Garcia, already widely ridiculed for trying to revitalize Thomas’ career shortly on the heels of a headline-grabbing sexual harassment trial and an alleged suicide attempt the former Hoosier tried to deflect onto his teenage daughter.