Alabama Championship Trophy Shattered By Players Parent

04/17/2012 05:24 PM ET

A players parent attending Alabama’s ‘A-Day’ ceremonies this past Saturday tripped on a rug in which a display holding the crystal BCS Championship Trophy was sitting on, causing the trophy to jar free from the stand and shatter to the ground.

The trophy was the one Alabama’s football team just won in colleges title game this past January. ‘A-Day is the celebration of the first spring scrimmage game for the football program.

Jeff Purinton, who is the spokesman for Alabama’s athletic department, said, The handmade Waterford crystal trophy, which comes from Ireland and cost $30,000, was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility halls, home to coach Nick Saban’s office and other athletic personnel, when the unidentified parent of a current player stumbled on the carpet.

Purinton also indicated that the school was currently in talks with the American Football Coaches Association, in replacing the trophy.

Ironically this is not the first time the prestigious trophy has been broken by a school recipient. The trophy manager for the American Football Coaches Association, Charles Green said that he usually advises schools who receive the trophy to apply adhesive tape to the trophy and display to insure it doesn’t get knocked out of it.

“It’s pretty fragile, I guess,” Green said. “It only weighs about eight pounds so I can see where if it gets bumped it would roll off.”


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