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Wednesday, August 17, 2022


The Gators' 2006 BCS National Championship trophy fell off of its stand in UF's football offices and broke Friday, UF's operations and facilities director Chip Howard said Monday.

Because UF is preparing to move to its new offices, expected to be completed in July, Howard said the trophy was in a temporary location in an open area of one of the stadium's skyboxes.

"It was on a coffee table, and it was inadvertently bumped," Howard said. "It doesn't take much for the top of it to fall off."

The trophy was insured for $8,000, and the university has already put in an order to replace it. Howard said it should take about 90 days for the new Waterford crystal trophy to reach Gainesville.

This news may leave hundreds of fans confused because the trophy was displayed for a photo opportunity before the spring game Saturday.

But they did still pose with the national championship trophy - sort of.

Howard said each institution has the option of ordering two trophies at the time of winning the championship. The trophy that was displayed outside of the stadium Saturday morning was the second trophy.

This isn't the first time a Florida school has had trouble with championship trophies, as Florida State famously had its two stolen in 2004 by UF graduates.

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