FAU honored FAU coach Mike Jarvis for winning his 400th game this year, but the NCAA says Jarvis has only won 362 games. (FAUOwlAccess.com file photo)
NCAA demands recount
The NCAA tells FAU it can’t count 46 victories vacated by St. John’s when current Owls coach Mike Jarvis was there as part of his career record.
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The NCAA has warned Florida Atlantic it must stop counting victories by Owls coach Mike Jarvis that were vacated while he was coach at St. John’s.
In a letter sent last week, obtained by FAUOwlAccess.com by a public records request, the NCAA told FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos FAU must not count 46 victories from 2001-04 that St. John’s vacated due to multiple NCAA infractions when Jarvis was the coach.
The letter, from James A. Elworth, the NCAA’s Assistant Director for the Committee on Infractions, asks FAU to correct Jarvis’ biography on its official website to not count the victories and not refer to championships won in that time frame.
Angelos says he expects for FAU to honor with the NCAA’s request.
“We’ll comply with what the NCAA wants,” Angelos said. “If they are trying to standardize how vacated games are counted, we don’t have a problem with it.”
The NCAA also specifically told FAU it can’t state that Jarvis has won 100 games at three different schools since “Mr. Jarvis’ number of victories at St. John’s is less than 100.”
St. John’s also won an NIT championship and made an NCAA appearance in that time frame.
Earlier this season FAU also held a pre-game ceremony honoring Jarvis for winning the 400th game in his career, however without the victories that were vacated, the NCAA maintains Jarvis has only 362 victories after leading the Owls to 21 victories this season.
When reached by phone by FAUOwlAccess.com, Jarvis said he was aware of the NCAA’s letter.
“I’m really looking ahead, not back,” Jarvis said.