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Loyola-Chicago Ramblers planning production of Sister Jean bobblehead

One of the biggest stars thus far in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament without question is Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old nun who serves as team chaplain for the upstart Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.

The 11-seed Ramblers moved on to the Sweet 16 thanks to a 63-62 victory on Saturday over the No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers, which followed an improbable 64-62 buzzer-beating win over the No. 6 seed Miami Hurricanes in the first round.

The improbable, bracket-busting run means Sister Jean will have the opportunity to shine once again in the national spotlight on Thursday when the Ramblers face the seventh-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack.

All the exposure Sister Jean has enjoyed over the past week has inspired Loyola-Chicago to plan a production of bobbleheads in tribute to the beloved nun.

“We’re looking at doing another run very soon,” Tom Sorboro, senior associate athletic director for external operations, said via email to the Chicago Tribune.

Granted, as illustrated by the above tweet, Loyola-Chicago previously has rolled out Sister Jean bobbleheads, once in 2011 and again in 2015. But the opportunity to procure such a hot commodity would be difficult at this stage.

“At this point, everything Sister Jean related is of tremendous interest,” Sorboro said. “She’s essentially become her own brand. … When people hear about the bobbleheads the first question they ask is, ‘Where can I buy one?’ … We’re hoping to be able to answer that question with something other than ‘Nowhere, right now,’ very soon.”

Sorboro added there is no current timeline for production of the new crop of Sister Jean bobbleheads. That said, when they are released, expect the prized piece of memorabilia to sell out in an instant.