Claremore Daily Progress


February 28, 2013

COMMENTARY: A proper send-off for Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse


TAHLEQUAH — Not good.

All of that went out the window Wednesday night. Jack Dobbins Field House was alive and well during victories for both the NSU women (64-58) and men (83-71 in overtime).

Former players showed up for one last hurrah. Jack Dobbins — as he normally does — was in attendance, shaking hands and greeting people all night long.

It was a night to celebrate.

An occasion such as this one typically doesn’t need any sort of self promotion. Most fans and followers realize the uniqueness of an event such as this.

That didn’t stop The NSU Movement — or, as it’s known on Twitter, “@THENSUMOVEMENT” — from going all-out to make students go all-in.

“We just hit everyone up on Twitter, fraternities, sororities, baseball players, all the sports,” said Jonathan Brown, one of the leaders of The Movement. “Then we hit up the regular students. It was pretty easy to get people to come out.”

The Movement, also led by Steffon Herd, Aaron Folwer, Josh Cousins and Prince McJunkins, helped gray out the stands in Jack Dobbins Field House. It also brought back a rowdiness not seen at the Field House in quite some time.

Sure, The NSU Movement is a little late to the party, in terms of turning out fans for football and basketball. But, hey, better late than never.

“It’s catching on quick,” Brown said. “We’ve been having so much publicity and everyone has been talking about it. We’ve even talked to a few alumni, and some have said they wish we would have been around four years ago.”

Now that the doors at Jack Dobbins Field House will be closed forever (for basketball games, at least), the NSU Movement will shift its focus to home baseball and softball games during school lets out for the summer. Then, it’ll be back at it for fall sports.

But on behalf of everyone at Jack Dobbins Field House for the final basketball games, thank to The NSU Movement. You guys helped rejuvenate the old days while providing a perfect final image for the Field House named after a perfect man. - See more at:

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