Bama, UF, FSU's crystal ball travails


Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.

The crystal football Alabama won for beating LSU in the BCS championship game in January was shattered on A-Day when it was accidentally knocked off a display by the father of a current player.

Athletic department spokesman Jeff Purinton said the Waterford Crystal trophy, valued at $30,000, was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility as part of the festivities for the Crimson Tide's spring football game Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He says the man stumbled on a rug that was under the trophy display.

Purinton said the school is working with the American Football Coaches Association, which owns the trophy, on getting a replacement.

Florida's 2006 trophy was destroyed when it was accidentally knocked off a pedestal by then-recruit Orson Charles in 2008. Charles went on to play at Georgia. In 2004, Florida State had a pair of trophies stolen from a glass case outside of coach Bobby Bowden's office during renovation of the building.

“In 2009 and again this season, Alabama did a great job showing the trophy off to fans even after we turned it over to them,” said Charley Green, manager of the coaches' trophy. “Unfortunately it is fragile, and accidents can happen.

Green said the trophy makes appearances for several weeks before it is turned over to the school in mid-January.

“We use a temporary adhesive called museum gel to keep the crystal from falling off its pegs,” he said. “We do provide that substance to winning schools, along with a page of assembly instructions. But we have no way of knowing whether the schools use the gel.”

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