The BCS National Championship trophy — The Coaches Trophy — made Tallahassee part of its national tour stop this week for Saturday’s Miami-Florida State game. It was the second time this season the trophy has made an appearance at an FSU game. The tour also stopped at Clemson last month for the ‘Noles 51-14 rout at Death Valley.
This is the last season that the iconic crystal ball trophy will be awarded to the BCS champion with college football going to a new playoff format for the 2014 season. Commissioners will unveil a new trophy at some point prior to next season, and the Coaches Trophy will still probably be awarded to the winner of the USA Today Coaches poll.
Since the tour usually isn't planned out further than two weeks in advance, it's often difficult for the crew to book accomodations and airline flights. Saturday night the two-man crew escorting the trophy around the country had to fly out of Fort Walton Beach due to lack of availability of flights out of Tallahassee. Green said they were lucky enough to find hotel space in the capital city Friday night.
If all things work out according to plan for FSU, the Seminoles will see the trophy one more time in Pasadena, Calif., at the BCS National Championship Game, Jan 6. Jimbo Fisher and Co., of course, hope to be holding it, not just looking at it.
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