College basketball, above all others, is a “coaching” sport. It is the single biggest example of the coaches being much more influential and/or famous than the players in a major sporting endeavor, and when Florida Atlantic netted a long-time coach who had made multiple stops at big-time programs, it was considered a big win for the program and the university.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out as well as many thought it would.
On Friday, there was a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman stating that Florida Atlantic was set to fire head coach Mike Jarvis after 5-plus seasons with the program. Shortly after that, though, the school released a statement saying that Jarvis was indeed leaving the program, but that it would be after the 2013-2014 season and that Jarvis had resigned.
“This decision is based upon my desire to explore other opportunities and in recognition that we are jointly disappointed that the men’s basketball program has not progressed as much as we would have liked. I thank FAU for the opportunity to coach the fine student-athletes of FAU for the past six years.”
That is the text from the official statement from Jarvis (released by FAU), and while we can debate the specifics, the biggest takeaway is that Jarvis is out. The Owls have had a disappointing season as they sit at 10-19 overall and 5-9 in a “down” Conference USA, but it’s also hard to believe that they’ll be able to land another coach with the same list of accomplishments that Jarvis possesses.
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