Men’s Basketball Toilet Paper Tradition Continues
Siloam Springs, Ark (November 6, 2000) — A blizzard always falls when John Brown University’s men’s basketball team sinks their first basket at home each season…a blizzard of toilet paper. On Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., Golden Eagle fans will once again be prepared to join in the tradition as the Golden Eagles meet Park College in the Murray Sells Athletic Center at JBU. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students. Siloam Springs High School students and children under 6 are admitted free.
Last season, a standing room only crowd crammed into the JBU Murray Sells Gymnasium for JBU’s first home game of the season. As sophomore Jahir Mejia finished off a fast break lay-up, the frenzied crowd launched toilet paper from every direction. JBU fans, including students, faculty, staff and a large community 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 1979-1980 season by then first-year had coach Jeff Simons. What began as a basketball single event has become a tradition. Under current head coach John Sheehy, entering his twelfth season leading 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.
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.