Alabama’s crystal BCS trophy shattered
by Michael Casagrande
mcasagrande@annistonstar.com
Apr 17, 2012 | 11014 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama loved its crystal football to pieces.

By Saturday night, that’s all that remained of the Crimson Tide’s glittering reward for winning the last BCS national championship.

The AFCA Coaches Trophy met its early demise following Saturday’s A-Day Game at a team function. Only shards of Waterford Crystal remained by Monday evening. Valued at $30,000, the now-iconic award was first presented in 1986.

This wasn’t, however, the first time such a mishap required a broom and dust pan.

Florida’s 2006 crystal football was famously fumbled, or knocked from its pedestal, by a recruit. The culprit, Orson Charles, ended up playing for archrival Georgia.

Alabama is still exploring options to replace its version, but if the case ends like Florida’s, someone will be forking over some cash. The Gators reportedly had to pay $4,000 toward replacing the sparkling ball that was insured for $8,000.

Florida State also lost two of its Waterford footballs but without the violent crash and a happier ending. The Seminoles 1993 and ’99 trophies were stolen in 2004. A reward was offered, but the heist wasn’t solved without arrests more than a year later.

Despite its sometimes troubled history, the AFCA has strict rules regarding the use and handling of the fragile hardware. A four-page instruction sheet spells out the guidelines.

“The trophy may not be shown to be broken or shattered, even in simulation,” reads page 2. “The crystal ball may not be shown being dropped, thrown in the air or rolled on the ground.”
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