Gardner-Webb made headlines a few weeks ago when it knocked off traditional power Kentucky. Coach Rick Scruggs likes collecting wins–and signatures.
From Jerry Tipton in the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader:
On his basketball travels, Gardner-Webb Coach Rick Scruggs always packs a basketball. "In case I ever run into him," he said.
That would be Michael Jordan.
Scruggs collects autographs and has always wanted to add Jordan’s signature. During Gardner-Webb’s trip to New York, Dick Vitale offered an on-air appeal to Jordan to provide an autograph. "So far Michael hasn’t responded," said Scruggs, who once bought a $200 Jordan autograph on eBay. "I hope it’s real," he said.
Before Gardner-Webb played at Texas Tech last season, Scruggs asked Bob Knight for an autograph. "He looked at me strange," Scruggs said.
During a junior varsity game prior to taking on North Carolina, Scruggs asked Roy Williams to sign.
"Who do you want me to make it out to?" Williams asked.
"To me," Scruggs said.
"Are you serious?" Williams asked.
As it became apparent that Gardner-Webb would beat Kentucky, Scruggs was sensitive not to celebrate too brashly. But now that we’ve all moved on, he made a polite request.
"I wish we had the game ball," he said. "That’s something I’d like to have in my office forever."