Memories Stolen From UNA Basketball Coach

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A weekend burglary at the University of North Alabama has a coach offering the thieves cash for the memories that have been stolen from him.

University police said several offices were ransacked inside Flowers Hall during the burglary, with numerous things stolen sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

One of the offices broken into, head basketball coach Bobby Champagne's, who said many of the items taken are irreplaceable.

“They got all of the NCAA Championship rings going back to the days I was at South Alabama, Washington State, Oklahoma, Georgia State, and the one we got here in 2008.”

Memories that are worth far more than the monetary value of the things taken.

Coach Champagne added the thieves also took several watches given to him by the NCAA from various tournaments.

All of them mementos from a career spent on the hardwood, and items he hoped to pass down to his children.

“Give me a call, and I will give them some cash for them, I will buy them back,” stated Champagne. “It's not the money, I would have preferred they just walk in my office and ask me for cash, and I would have given it to them.”

A plea from Champagne, who is left with nothing but the pictures left on his office walls.

According to University of North Alabama Police, the burglars also took computers and other various items from offices in Flowers Hall during the weekend theft.

If you have any information that can help University of North Alabama Police catch those responsible, you are urged to call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 256-386-8685.