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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Bama's BCS trophy shattered over weekend

By Edward Aschoff

One of Alabama's players' might have to find a real offseason job this year because any leftover scholarship money he has might be going back to the university.

BCS Trophy
Alabama's $30,000 crystal BCS trophy shattered into little pieces on Saturday when Carleton Tinker, parent of Tide long-snapper Carson Tinker, tripped on a rug and knocked over the display table.
Well, probably not, but it would be pretty funny if coach Nick Saban tortured him with the thought. After all, the father of a current player is responsibly for $30,000 worth of damage after accidentally knocking over and shattering the Coaches' Trophy from the 2011 Allstate BCS National Championship Game Saturday afternoon.

Thank goodness for insurance policies.

The player's father's foot got caught on a rug that sits beneath the trophy display. One false move sent the Waterford crystal trophy, which was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility halls, tumbling toward the floor.

No word on whose father did the expensive damage.

This isn't the first time a BCS trophy fell at the hands of an onlooker. Back in 2008, Florida's 2006 BCS National Championship trophy was knocked over and shattered outside of Urban Meyer's office by then-recruit Orson Charles.

Charles apologized for his clumsiness, but eventually signed with Georgia, not Florida, so Meyer never had the chance to really, really dig at Charles.

That won't be the case for this Alabama player. Saban will be able to have all the fun he wants with the culprit's son. If I'm Saban, I milk this accident for all it's worth. And $30,000 isn't chump change.