The ripples from the Isiah Thomas firing continue to impact the college basketball world. The latest stop: Kansas
The fallout from the firing of Isiah Thomas at Florida International continues to grow, and now has Kansas swept up in its wake.
The latest ripple comes as Chicago's Milton Doyle will apparently not be playing for Kansas after all this coming season, after changing his commitment to the Jayhawks following the Thomas dismissal. The Lawrence Journal-World reported the story on Sunday night.
Doyle had been in summer school classes at Kansas and had traveled with the team on its recent Europe jaunt.
So why is this important to Mid-Major Madness, a site that shouldn't care less about what happens when Kansas loses a recruit? It is the impact of having that high-profile coach at the smaller school that was important.
Think about it like this: without Thomas at Florida International, Doyle never commits there. Several other recruits never commit there either, because it doesn't make sense for a high-major talent to go to the lower-level program.
Thomas put a face on a program that had no history of anything (even if Thomas' face isn't exactly associated with winning -- Sorry Knicks fans). He was able to bring in the talent because he represented a path to the next level for these kids, a path that Florida International isn't going to provide without him in most cases.
Doyle's mother even credits Thomas for getting her son's academics on track so that he would have been eligible to play as a freshman. It is safe to say that the words Doyle and FIU would never have been uttered together without him.
And maybe that was part of the problem at Kansas. Doyle obviously had the connection with Thomas, and that same connection just hadn't had time to develop between him and Bill Self.
It remains to be seen where Doyle will end up; he is not returning for the start of fall classes at Kansas. But it appears a lot will depend on how comfortable his next coach can make him feel, or else it will be a short visit.