This is not some sort of joke. Seriously, the University of Alabama is now making arrangements to get a new BCS trophy after the school’s 2012 trophy shattered into pieces Saturday in a freak accident. No, not kidding. Shattered beyond recognition. It’s a $30,000 loss and now some sculptor in Ireland has to make a new one. Again, not kidding.
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.
Again, not kidding. Remind us again why you have a rug near the most cherished trophy in Alabama history?