Alabama’s $30,000 Crystal Football Championship Trophy Shatters

Alabama’s $30,000 Crystal Football Championship Trophy Shatters
Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in New Orleans on Jan. 9, 2012. Photographer: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The University of Alabama has one crystal trophy to show for its two national championships in football in the past three years after the latest award was accidentally shattered.

The $30,000 trophy was knocked off its podium after the team’s spring scrimmage in Tuscaloosa three days ago when a player’s father bumped the table it was on after getting his foot caught in a tablecloth, athletic department spokesman Jeff Purinton said in an e-mail. The school is looking into having it replaced.

Alabama received the handmade Waterford crystal trophy after beating Louisiana State University 21-0 in the Bowl Championship Series title game on Jan. 9. The BCS trophy, which weighs about eight pounds, is presented each year by the American Football Coaches Association.

“We’ll work with them and try to put another one in place as soon as possible,” AFCA spokesman Mel Pulliam said in a telephone interview. “Certainly we’ll try to fast-track it.”

The University of Florida also had its crystal BCS trophy from 2008 broken when it was dropped by a recruit. That’s the only other case of a trophy breaking that Pulliam says he remembers.

The coaches’ association travels with a second trophy to hundreds of appearances each year, from corporate hospitality areas on game days to local television stations.

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