Bowl trophy stolen from stadium (in 1999)

Travis Normand
Repost to on January 2, 2018

This is another re-posting from my old blog. I have always covered stories about college football trophies, and this is an oldie but a goodie.

By Andy Staples
Alligator Staff Writer
(The Independent Florida Alligator Online –
March 23, 1999

Nancy Sain walked into her office in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Friday and saw a pile of empty bubble wrap where an 80-pound trophy had stood the night before.

The UF Lemerand Football Office manager knew the silver and wooden 1999 Orange Bowl trophy had been on the floor in front of her desk the night before. It had just arrived after some repair work Thursday, and Sain said no one was available to lug the 2 1/2-foot tall piece of hardware downstairs to the safe.

On Friday, the punch-bowl sized silver bowl and the thick wood base were gone.

“It’s pretty bizarre,” Sain said Monday. “You wonder what they would do with that size object.”

At practice Monday, UF coach Steve Spurrier was none too concerned about the fate of the trophy.

“They can make new trophies,” Spurrier said. “I don’t get upset about things like that. Somebody stole it and we can’t find it? They can always make another.”

Still, Sain was shocked anyone would try to steal from the office. She also was surprised the thief did not grab anything else.

“There are other items around here that are not tied down that we’ve never had a problem with,” Sain said. “It has never been a problem before.”

UF police spokeswoman Stacy Badics said the case is under investigation, and UPD will release more information as it becomes available.


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