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He looks back on that decision now and cracks, “In hindsight, probably the smartest thing would have been to go to the Wizards, get fired and then go back to college coaching. That’s what other people [John Calipari, Tim Floyd, et al.] did.”

Florida Atlantic no doubt is hoping Jarvis will do for basketball what another knocked-about old coach, Howard Schnellenberger, has done for football. Starting from scratch in 2001, Schnellenberger has built a program that won the conference title last year and whomped Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

That’s another benefit of this job for Mike, a hidden one. Schnellenberger, after all, just turned 74. How often does a 63-year-old basketball coach get to work at the same school with a football coach who calls him “sonny”?