IRVING, Texas -- The Stanley Cup has nothin’ on college football’s newest and biggest prize -- except a little history, of course.
The College Football Playoff trophy, which was unveiled Monday morning from the sport’s new headquarters just outside of Dallas, is handcrafted from 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel. At 65 pounds, it weighs almost twice as much as the NHL’s trophy. The actual trophy itself –- the part that will be hoisted in celebration on Jan. 12, 2015 –- is 26.5 inches tall and weighs 35 pounds.
They do things big here in Texas.
With SEC media days also beginning Monday, it was a nationwide start to a new era -- although this is a trophy that the country’s premier conference has yet to stake a claim to. Bill Hancock, executive director of the new College Football Playoff, called the trophy a priceless “piece of art that will be the ultimate goal for college football players during the season.”
There was a round of applause in the small room as Hancock revealed the trophy to a crowd comprised mainly of media, playoff officials and representatives from the trophy’s sponsor, Dr Pepper. None of the 13 selection committee members were in attendance, but they will meet again Aug. 11 in Colorado Springs to finalize any last-minute details about the four-team playoff.
The trophy has a modern, sleek look to it and features a focused football at the center of the base that rises to form an actual-size ball. The entire trophy is three feet tall, and the base is made of bronze with a black finish. Hancock said they were looking for a design that was “contemporary, bold and modern.” They looked at three or four dozen different designs and video from game celebrations before choosing the trophy.
Fans had mixed reviews on Twitter:
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) July 14, 2014
— Tyler Pearce (@tyler_pearce) July 14, 2014
New #CFBPlayoff trophy looks good, but it is definitely going to take some getting used to. IMO, crystal ball was iconic
— Charles Lee Wingard (@CLW_sports) July 14, 2014
There will always be traditionalists who are hesitant to embrace change, but no crystal ball could ever tell us what’s in store for this season.