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April 17, 2012
UA crystal football shatters on A-Day
TUSCALOOSA | The crystal football trophy the University of Alabama received for winning the BCS National Championship in January was accidentally destroyed Saturday, and the school is taking steps to have the item replaced.
A university spokesperson confirmed that the trophy was accidentally knocked from its stand by the father of a current player, but declined to identify the culprit, who apparently tripped near the display.
The trophy, made of Waterford crystal, is valued at $30,000, and it remains unclear if UA had the item insured. It was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Building when the accident happened following the Crimson Tide's annual A-Day scrimmage Saturday. The trophy was being displayed in the Hall of Champions on the building's second floor.
It isn't the first time such an accident has happened. Georgia tight end Orson Charles accidentally knocked a crystal football from its perch at the University of Florida while on a recruiting trip there as a high school prospect.
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