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Longtime, recent SFA fans have purple on the brain as 'Jacks gear up for NCAA tourney

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

We are about 30 minutes away from seeing if the Cinderella slipper fits on the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks team.

Fans have been ready for this game all week. SFA will facing Virginia Commonwealth University in the NCAA Tournament in San Diego, California, and long time Jacks fans have been waiting for this a long time.

Everywhere you look in Nacogdoches, purple seems to be on the brain.

And for long-time Lumberjack fans, that's understandable.

"I was here when they weren't winning," Trina Menefree said. "It wasn't about the Lumberjacks, so for it to be about the Lumberjacks, it is like, ‘Ahhhh.'"

"I remember when you would go watch the Ladyjacks play and you would get up and leave," Douglas Durban said. "You wouldn't even watch the Lumberjacks play. For them to do so well and have their own following is really good."

And even new fans have bought in.

"It means a lot," Brandon Howard said. "I mean they put in time and effort."

Saying fans saw this coming would be untrue, which is what makes this year so memorable.

"It' been a fun ride and a lot of my guys have been going to the game and showing support," Shad Ellis said.

"I was really surprised with the coaching chain and losing some key players," Erik Hawkins said. "I assumed they were going to be middle of the pack."

"I am proud of SFA. I am proud of our students and community," Laura Turner. "It just makes me happy to see that SFA is getting some recognition that it needs."

"They're just great kids and the coach is such a gentlemen," Ron Hurst said. "Everybody likes him and he could probably run for president. In this town, I know he could."

Long time Lumberjack fans couldn't be more proud of their team, and they say win or lose, anything that happens after tonight is just icing on the cake.

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