FAU coach Jarvis says refs who worked Saturday's loss should face sanctions
During Saturday's post-game radio interview when ESPN 760's Evan Cohen asked FAU coach Mike Jarvis about the officiating in the loss to South Alabama, Jarvis refrained from criticizing the referees.
Jarvis was far more vociferous on Monday during the first installment of ESPN 760's FAU Sportspage with Mike Jarvis last night. Jarvis told host Ken LaVicka that he had sent a tape containing a dozen or so questionable calls to the Sun Belt Conference office for review.
"It was probably the worst officiated game I've ever been involved in in my life, especially as a home team." Jarvis said. "It was atrocious."
Jarvis went on to say he'd like to see the Sun Belt penalize officials Lee Cassell, Frank Raposo and Kyle Chambers - the crew that worked Saturday's game.
"It would be nice if the gentleman who are doing the games would be sanctioned or penalized when they do a poor game - like the other day - and maybe they would be taken off some games and maybe some money would be taken out of their pocketbooks," Jarvis said. "They make very good money and they should be held accountable for what they do."
The show is available in its entirety on ESPN 760's site
. Jarvis addresses the officiating about 23 minutes in.
Jarvis said that as far as he is concerned, FAU won the game. The Owls led by as much as 15 points in the second half before the Jaguars came all the way back, winning in overtime 96-93.
South Alabama shot 45 free throws on the night, compared to 26 for FAU.
The suspect calls, Jarvis argued, happened throughout the game and served to break FAU's momentum. The Owls had a chance to win the game on the final possession, but guard Ray Taylor was called for a turnover after being knocked to the ground.
The Owls were forced to play the overtime without Brett Royster, their leading scorer on the night, and Sanchez Hughley, who led FAU in rebounding. Both fouled out in the closing minutes.
Jarvis addressed Hughley's situation about 33 minutes into the radio show.
"He had a couple of horrendous foul calls against him the other night," Jarvis said, "It's not really his fault that he fouled out."
Those are some pretty strong comments from Jarvis. It should be fascinating to see how the Sun Belt reacts.
As for the rest of the show, well, it was pretty entertaining. LaVicka asked Jarvis some pointed questions about the team and where it's going, and received insightful answers. The show also offered a strong recap of the year so far. FAU Sportspage with Mike Jarvis will air Mondays at 6 p.m. on ESPN 760 throughout the remainder of the season. If the shows that follow are anything like the debut, listening to them will be a must for FAU basketball fans.Owl Links:
Sliding back to football, we started our Countdown to Signing Day on Monday with a story about a Pahokee player committed to a Big Ten team who could change his mind and end up in Boca Raton.
For those who want to know about FAU recruiting, this series will be informational ambrosia. FAUOwlAccess.com
will post at least one recruiting story each day until Feb. 3 - National Signing Day.Owl Cal
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