Former Ole Miss coach Jarvis dies at age 81

Robert "Cob" Jarvis, from Booneville, was a standout Ole Miss basketball player in the early 1950s. (Ole Miss)

Robert “Cob” Jarvis, from Booneville, was a standout Ole Miss basketball player in the early 1950s. (Ole Miss)

Daily Journal

Robert “Cob” Jarvis, who coached the men’s basketball team at his alma mater, Ole Miss, for eight seasons, died Tuesday in Eutaw, Ala., at age 81.

Jarvis, from Booneville, established 18 school records in three varsity seasons (1952-54) as a player for the Rebels. He was the first Ole Miss player to gain first team All-SEC basketball recognition twice, as well as the first with All-SEC credentials in both basketball and baseball in 1954.

After two seasons as the top assistant to Eddie Crawford, Jarvis was named the Ole Miss head coach in 1968. He compiled an 87-117 record, and his 1973-74 squad won 15 games – the best Rebel record in 14 years and the second-best record in 29 previous seasons.

Jarvis was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988 and was selected to the Ole Miss Men’s Basketball Cellular South All-Century Team in 2009. He was also named SEC Basketball Legend in 2010.

Funeral services are Friday at 3 p.m. at McMillan Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.