Monday, April 16, 2012

OOPS! Alabama's 2011 BCS Coaches' Trophy smashed in accident, is now an ex-crystal football.

This is what's left of the Coaches' Trophy.
The Coaches' Trophy awarded to Alabama after it won the 2011 BCS title game in January is an ex-crystal football. It was shattered in an accident involving a player's father.

"The Coaches' Trophy from this season's BCS national title was accidentally knocked off its podium and shattered by a player's father whose foot got caught on a rug that sits beneath the trophy display. The Waterford Crystal trophy was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility halls, home to coach Nick Saban's office and other athletic personnel.

The handmade trophy sculpted in Ireland is valued at $30,000. The university previously had two such trophies, one at the Paul W. Bryant Museum and the other at the athletic facility. A university spokesman confirmed that they will immediately begin the process of replacing the trophy."

Florida's 2008 Coaches' Trophy suffered a similar mishap involving then recruit Orson Charles (who went on the sign with Georgia. Save your conspiracy theories for George Noory, thank you.) It's surprising that schools don't seem to take more care of these trophies. But given the smoke and mirrors aspect of the BCS in the first place, maybe it isn't.

(via ESPN)

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