HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall's membership in Conference USA has brought a number of big-name head coaches to Cam Henderson Center, in different trajectories of their careers.
Most famously, John Calipari turned Memphis into the league's Godzilla before taking the Kentucky job. Larry Eustachy resurrected his coaching career by building Southern Mississippi into a league contender before going to Colorado State.
Ben Braun, tasked with the difficult job of squeezing wins out of Rice, has more than 600 to his credit. Tulsa's Danny Manning is a rookie head coach with a marquee name, and Jeff Lebo lifted East Carolina after six years at Auburn. (Though the Pirates are 0-6 in league play this season.)
Others have failed to reignite their head coaching career, notably Mike Davis at Alabama-Birmingham, Matt Doherty at Southern Methodist and Ron Jirsa at Marshall. Speaking of the Thundering Herd, Tom Herrion is trying to be a little more like Eustachy and less like the just-mentioned trio.
Add another distinguished visitor to that list, as Florida Atlantic comes to Cam Henderson Center for a noon tipoff. Mike Jarvis, the former Boston University, George Washington and St. John's coach, is in his 25th season as a head coach, sixth on the Owls' bench.
Herrion and Jarvis are familiar with each other. Herrion's brother, current New Hampshire coach Bill Herrion, was Jarvis' top assistant at Boston and GW. Jarvis' son, Mike Jarvis II, helped Bill Herrion compile a 27-4 record at Drexel in 1995-96.
"We're close, very close," said Tom Herrion.
Jarvis is 73-104 at FAU, including a 21-11 record and the Sun Belt regular-season championship in 2010-11. He is trying to become the second coach ever to win 100 games at four different schools, joining Lefty Driesell (Davidson, Maryland, James Madison, Georgia State).
The Owls (7-14 overall, 2-4 C-USA) are on a two-game losing streak, falling 66-57 to rival Florida International last Saturday and 62-53 to Charlotte on Thursday. The team is marked by four foreign players and four transfers, and is led by Argentinian Pablo Bertone. The 6-foot-4 senior averages 18.2 points, leading the team in shooting attempts of all manners - field goals (136 of 321 in 21 games), 3-pointers (35 of 109) and free throws (75 of 101, 74.3 percent).