Jan. 28, 2013
As the FAU's men's basketball team was in Atlanta, preparing to board its flight home from Arkansas, a face they had seen hundreds of times passed in front of them.
It belonged to Patrick Ewing, Head Coach Mike Jarvis' most famous high school pupil. What makes the story even funnier is that the reunion almost didn't happen. Ewing, in his haste to catch a plane of his own, initially didn't recognize the voice that called out to him (as unlikely as that seems).
Coach Jarvis had to call out Patrick's name a second time to fully catch his attention. Once he realized who was speaking to him, he immediately came over to reminisce over his high school days with both Coach Jarvis and Coach Jarvis II. After catching up with his coach, Ewing took time to shake hands with all the team members before going on his way-even as a born and raised South Floridan, I must admit shaking hands with a Hall of Fame center is pretty cool.
It never ceases to amaze me that regardless of where we travel Coach Jarvis always seems to know someone. The fact that on this occasion it was arguably his most prominent student was special to the team and no doubt to Coach Jarvis as well.
Here's to the day when someone can tell a similar story about Coach Jarvis and one of the players he coached here at FAU.