As the No. 7 Auburn women's basketball team prepares for the SEC tournament this week, one legendary Auburn figure wanted players to know he was thinking of them.
Bo Jackson, a celebrated Auburn athlete in football and baseball, sent head coach Nell Fortner a bouquet of flowers this morning (on her 50th birthday). He also sent red roses to each of the players on the women's basketball team. The accompanying note wished them good luck in the post-season and offered his ring size for when they win it all.
It was, to the say least, an incredibly nice gesture and Fortner said the players were thrilled.
How did Bo become such a big women's basketball fan? Fortner met him for the first time last summer at a golf tournament. To her surprise, Jackson said he followed the team and knew all about the players. Fortner invited him to visit anytime. He did that last week, giving an inspirational speech to the team.
There's another connection. Jackson's daughter Morgan is a freshman at Auburn and lives on the same floor with Auburn freshman Chantel Hilliard. The two have become good friends.
Auburn opens the conference tournament Friday in North Little Rock, Ark., against the winner of a first-round game between Arkansas and Ole Miss. More on that in the days to come.
Source: al.com's Goldmine blog