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Jarvis gets sixth year of eligibility

By admin Published: February 13, 2010

I GOT MY YEAR BACK!!!! GOD is AMAZING- Im blessed and very thankful. Special thanks to my family, true friends and fans for the prayers and support thru this whole situation. It didn’t go unnoticed. Yall have yet 2 see the best of me….

These are the words coming from Eugene Jarvis' Facebook account.  If it is true, then it looks like the running back from Pittsburgh will be in a Golden Flashes' uniform next season ready to contribute for the 2010 football team.  Jarvis suffered a lacerated kidney on September 12 at Boston College and missed the rest of the 2009 season.  Jarvis was released from the hospital on September 20.

Jarvis is believed only the second three-time captain in the 87 year history of the program and will now get the chance to be a four-time captain.  Jarvis' 3,426 career rushing yards rank fourth in school history - just 563 yards shy of Astron Whatley's school record.

“I can’t tell you how much this means to Eugene and to our program,” Kent State head coach Doug Martin said. “I would like to thank everyone in our department who worked extremely hard to get this done. I would also like to commend the staff at the NCAA for their commitment to making student-athlete welfare their top priority.”

FOOTBALL SHINES IN THE CLASSROOM - There is more good news for the Kent State football program.  The Golden Flashes' team GPA for the Fall 2009 Semester was 2.6 - the highest in-season mark for the program in the nearly 30 years of record-keeping.  64 athletes had a GPA of at least 2.5, including 38 of 3.0 or better.  “This is yet another positive sign of how the program continues to move forward,” coach Doug Martin said.  “We have the infrastructure in place to be successful and our players have performed well in every area.  Now it’s up to them to go out and put a MAC Championship behind these other efforts.”

ANTONIO GATES' NUMBER TO BE RETIRED - Former Kent State men's basketball and current San Diego Chargers star Antonio Gates will have his number retired during halftime of the February 27 game against Miami.  Dave Carducci of the Record Courier has the full story here.

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