TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's two national
championship trophies were stolen over the weekend, and the school
is offering a reward for their return.
The Waterford crystal football trophies, awarded for winning the
final coaches poll in 1993 and 1999, were taken from their locked
wooden-and-glass case outside coach Bobby Bowden's offices. Bowden
was out of town Thursday and unavailable for comment.
The school is offering a $2,500 reward for information that
would lead to the arrest and conviction of whomever took the
trophies, campus police Maj. Tom Longo said. He would not otherwise
comment on the school's investigation that started Sunday, after
authorities learned of the theft.
The 1993 team, led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Charlie
Ward, beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl on a last minute field goal
by Scott Bentley. The 1999 team went 12-0 behind the school's
second Heisman winner, quarterback Chris Weinke, defeating Virginia
Tech and star quarterback Michael Vick in the Sugar Bowl.
"I was sick to my stomach when I heard it -- just mad,"
assistant athletic director Rob Wilson said about the theft. "Woe
be unto that guy if the wrong people get hold of him."
Wilson said the school's booster group would probably raise the
money to replace the two crystal pieces if they're not found.
There are no surveillance cameras in that area and the trophies
were not insured, he said.
Construction workers are finishing an addition to a building
that surrounds the football field, soon to be renamed after Bowden.
The structure also houses the athletic department offices along
with other departments and administrative offices.