On Friday afternoon, the No. 15 Pacific Tigers will take on second seeded Miami (FL) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers, who were victorious in the Big West Tournament championship game this past weekend, are dancing for the first time since 2006. Win or lose though on Friday, head coach Bob Thomason will be going out on top.
In his 25th and final season at Pacific, Thomason, who is retiring at the conclusion of this season, received quite the retirement gift from his players with the team’s advancement to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, the Tigers season could have very well have been over already, but Pacific has responded down the stretch, winning seven consecutive games heading into Friday.
Now, let’s be serious, the chances that Pacific has to extend Thomason’s retirement gift even more and very low. The Hurricanes are fresh off an ACC Tournament championship and looking to gear up for a run at the Final Four. This being said of course, two 15 seeds did advance through to the third round just one year ago.
So, we will wait and see just what Pacific brings to the table on Friday, but either way, Thomason is certainly proud of his team.
Pacific is transitioning into the West Coast Conference next season and Thomason felt that this was the best time to retire, allowing his replacement to lead the program forward. Or, maybe he just doesn’t want to deal with Gonzaga next season.
Either way, Thomason has had a tremendous coaching career and win or lose in the NCAA Tournament second round, he goes out as a champion.
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