Alabama's $30K football trophy shatters
Alabama head coach Nick Saban holds the AFCA Coaches' Trophy after Alabama beat LSU 21-0 in January's BCS title game.
April 17th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Alabama's $30K football trophy shatters

The University of Alabama's crystal prize for winning last season's college football championship had a pretty short shelf life - and somewhere, a player's parent is blushing crimson.

The roughly $30,000 Waterford crystal football that tops the trophy from the American Football Coaches Association fell and shattered on Saturday when the father of an Alabama player caught his foot on a rug where the trophy stood at Alabama's Mal Moore Athletic Facility, according to CNN affiliate WIAT and ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

The accident is said to have happened after the Crimson Tide's annual intrasquad spring game, which 78,526 fans watched Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

Scarborough's Twitter account has a picture of what he says is a tiny piece of the broken crystal prize, made in Ireland.

Alabama was awarded the trophy after beating LSU 21-0 in the Bowl Championship Series title game on January 9.

Mel Pulliam, marketing director for the AFCA, which issues the trophy to BCS-winning teams, told CNN on Tuesday that Alabama would be responsible for paying for a replacement, and that he didn't know whether the university had insured the prize.

Alabama's sports information department didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. But Pulliam said the AFCA would work with a supplier "as fast as we can so that (Alabama) can display" a replacement.

"It's rare that these things happen. The trophies make hundreds of appearances and celebrations - it’s got a pretty good track record," Pulliam said.

Rare, perhaps, but Alabama isn't the first Southeastern Conference school to see its BCS trophy fall to pieces.

When high school recruit Orson Charles visited Florida in 2008, the tight end knocked over Florida's 2006 championship trophy, the Anniston Star reported. Charles ended up playing for SEC rival Georgia.

For Alabama, the celebration of January's BCS win goes on without the trophy. Members of the team collected their championship rings on Monday, and they will visit the White House for a traditional champions' visit with the president on Thursday.

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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. ducdebrabant

    Oh wow, I bet the poor guy is feeling so miserable. He'll never live it down.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lloyd

    Things happen !

    April 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ok

    it's an accident. next time they should make a trophy out of precious metals that's actually worth 30K.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Forrest Gump

    I did it.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MrTradition

    A fitting metaphor for the state of college football.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Indiana Jones


    April 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bobby Petrino

    That's why I always let my student-athlete development coordinator handle my trophy.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry Ainus

    Two words: duct tape. Works for everything else in Alabama.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    I blame Auburn. They have to be behind this somehow.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pulitzer Prize

    The Pulitzer Prize story on CNN today was so very interesting, 4 different people posted there! Meanwhile, a football trophy (and a college one at that) get's Gerald Ford'ed / Lew Alcindor'ed and the whole place comes alive. Broken trophy slays the Pulitzer prize winners. At least it wasn't a Janet Jackson's boob on display that kicked-ass this time.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jockbrain

    My steroids itch.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Milkdud

    @Jockbrain. Drink a glass of currdled cow cream before you mainline your 'roids. Like the 'hitting your hand with a hammer' cure for a toothache, yull hardly notice the itch. Or was that a hemeroid typo? If so, don't scratch and don't push when you poop or else you'll hafta whoopie cushion or worse, 'roid snippets.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alabama Brain Trust

    Well, we won the trophy. What say we get online and shop for some insurance. Here's one...Lloyds of London will insure it for 180 bucks a month. Check that. 180 bucks/mo for colleges in London. 1,567/mo for Alabama. Yeesh. Look at this quote for UCLA. 2,685/mo.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Crimson

    Roll Tide Roll Tide, yeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw!!!

    That trophy was goners, yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw!!!

    April 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Earnest Byner

    Fans in Cleveland may be surprised about this, but I saw this coming.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
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