that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
A week ago there was a post about a 1997 National Championship Rose Bowl RIng for sale for $5999. The auction ended on July 12. I don't know if the ring sold.
Today Ebay has another (?) ring from the same team. This one lists the player as Scott Loeffler and is available for under $1600 as of now. Sounds like a bargain. I guess he doesn't expect to ever come back as a coach. I'd think it would help with recruiting.