Isiah Thomas is on the verge of restarting his coaching career at Florida International.

The Hall of Fame point guard and former New York Knicks coach is deliberating whether to take over FIU's basketball program, a person with knowledge of the school's search told the Associated Press last night.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because university officials have not authorized anyone to reveal search details, said FIU was "very hopeful" that a deal could be closed with Thom-as today. He would replace Sergio Rouco, who was ousted after five consecutive losing seasons.

In other college news:

* Clemson men's soccer coach Trevor Adair has been arrested after police say he attacked his two teenage daughters over the weekend. Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said the 48-year-old Adair was released on a $10,000 bond. Adair is charged with two counts of assault and battery. Adair led the Tigers team to the College Cup Final Four in 2005.

* Former Arizona State football coach Bruce Snyder has died after a 10-month fight against cancer. He was 69.

* Michigan State running back Glenn Winston has been sentenced to 6 months in jail for a fight that briefly put MSU hockey player A.J. Sturges in the hospital. Winston pleaded guilty last month to aggravated assault and assault and battery.

* Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul has been suspended for the rest of spring practice after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

* Memphis junior forward Shawn Taggart has submitted his name for the 2009 NBA draft, but is allowing for the possibility of returning to school. Meanwhile, Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich said they are staying at Kansas instead of jumping to the NBA.

* David Huertas, Mississippi's leading scorer and a second-team all-Southeastern Conference selection, has quit school and returned to Puerto Rico.

Horse Racing

* The Preakness Stakes horse race would have extra protections to remain in Baltimore under a plan approved by the general assembly that would allow Maryland to buy the second leg of the Triple Crown to prevent it from being moved. The Maryland House of Delegates voted 93-43 to pass a measure already advanced by the state Senate. *