Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 5, 2001) - Last season, a standing room only crowd crammed into the Murray Sells Athletic Center in order to take part in a JBU tradition - the "Toilet Paper" game. As junior Simeon Hinsey knocked down a jumper from the left corner to score at home JBU's first point of the season, the frenzied crowd launched toilet paper from every direction. JBU fans including students, faculty, staff, and a large local following have established a tradition that is hard to match in small college athletics.
The tradition is believed to have begun twenty years ago during the Golden Eagles' 1979-80 season by head coach Jeff Simons. It was his first year as coach. What has grown into one of the biggest days of the year on the JBU campus was probably started as an attempt to raise support by a new coach.
Today, excitement stirs on campus and around the Siloam Springs community about the annual traditional event. Under current head coach John Sheehy, entering his thirteenth season at the helm of the Golden Eagles, the tradition has taken on a larger scale of excitement. "I saw the tradition as a way to raise awareness. The current level of excitement is a tribute to our fans, student body and players. You would not believe the number of people who connect JBU basketball with the Toilet Paper Tradition," commented Sheehy.
This season's opponent for the event will be Rhema College from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The game is Saturday November 10th at 5:00 p.m. The game immediately follows the JBU women's game against Lyon College, which begins at 3:00. If tradition holds, then you will need to arrive a bit early in order to get a seat.