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FAU coach Jarvis says NCAA should outlaw ESPN hoops marathon
Florida Atlantic basketball coach Mike Jarvis didn't spend much time watching ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon on Tuesday.

If Jarvis (left, instructing Brett Royster)had his way, the 24 hour basketball marathon which featured some games that started at 6 and 8 a.m. local time would be outlawed.

"I don't think any team should be asked to play during the morning hours during a school day when they should be in class - nobody," Jarvis said on Wednesday. "I wish there was a rule that prohibited (early games) because it is unfair for kids to play at unnatural hours and to miss class to be on TV."

Though neither St. Peter's nor Monmouth, which played at 6 a.m., received money from ESPN, the New York Times reports that that the network did pay for production costs, which doesn't always happen for mid-major schools.

Jarvis understands that coaches and athletic directors can be temped by the extra exposure that comes from playing nationally televised games.

He'd like the NCAA to remove that temptation.

"That's a choice that should be made for schools and the choice should be made on the side of the student athlete," Jarvis said. "The NCAA should not allow those games to be played at that time of the day."

Arkansas-Little Rock was the lone Sun Belt team to participate in the marathon, tipping off at 2 p.m. eastern at Tulsa.

Jarvis said he wasn't sure how FAU administrators would have reacted had they been approached about playing an early morning game.

"If it means that to be on TV we have to be on at six o'clock, then we probably don't need to be on TV," Jarvis said.

Taking the tour: Jarvis will take the Owls on a tour of some old stomping grounds in the coming days. FAU will be in Washington D. C. to face American on Saturday and in New York to face Manhattan on Monday. Jarvis previously coached in D. C. at George Washington and in New York at St. John's.

Jarvis said he plans to take the team to some historical places in D.C. and is trying to take them to a Broadway play in New York.

"I have the opportunity to take these kids to two cities that are basically synonymous with the United States of America - the nation's capitol and New York City," Jarvis said. "This is part of their education."

Owl Links:

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The Montgomery Advertiser considers Levi Brown's NFL stock.

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