While the arrangements were in place, Sister Jean was briefed on security protocols for tournaments and other regulations designed to protect her during her time in Indianapolis.
She will stay in her hotel with a nurse and security staff provided by the university until it’s time for her to embark on the six-kilometer journey to Hinkle Fieldhouse, where Loyola, a number 8 seed, is reportedly ninth. selected will play. Georgia Tech at 4 p.m.
Before the trip was supported by Loyola, Sister Jean had private offers to transport her from Chicago to Indianapolis, including a conspiracy by a local couple who joked that they would kidnap her to get her to the tournament.
For much of the regular season, fans are heavily restricted to college basketball. Some conferences relaxed their rules during conference tournaments, and the NCAA announced before the tournament for men that it would be filled 25 percent around arenas that host the games, all in Indiana. Similar guidelines have been announced for the women’s tournament, which is being held in Texas.
Sister Jean’s presence at Loyola Games so far this season has been limited to the cardboard cut of her that was an accessory in the Joseph J. Gentile Arena of the university. Unlike in the past, when she teamed up with players for the pre-prayer while Loyola’s team hovered over her, Sister Jean’s foreplay conversations took place over phone calls.
Usually, about 30 minutes before the kick-off, she receives a call from London Dokubo, Loyola’s director of basketball operations, who places her on a speakerphone to let the players hear a familiar voice.
“Hello, Ramblers, are we ready?” Sister Jean begins.
“Yes, Sister Jean,” the players replied. “We’m ready.”