The Coaches' Trophy visits WVLT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's not the kind of crystal you can find at your local department store.

Weighing eight pounds, valued at $30,000, handcrafted in Ireland and three months to make, the Coaches' Trophy is the most recognizable trophy in college sports.

The Waterford Crystal football will be on display in Knoxville on Wednesday, but first it was showcased at WVLT.

The 34-inch tall trophy is on a season long tour, visiting high profile games. This week, it's on its way to Columbia, Missouri for the Tigers' game against top-ranked Oklahoma.

On Wednesday, the crystal football will be on display at the Kroger in Farragut from 1-3 pm. Then from 4-6, it will be at the Kroger located at 4918 Kingston Pike (Bearden area).

Fans that visit the stores will be able to have a free on-line photo taken with the prized trophy and can also enter to win free college tuition.

In January, the trophy will be awarded to the team that wins the BCS national championship.

Created in 1986, this is the 25th year the American Football Coaches Association has awarded the trophy to the national champion.

Tennessee won the crystal football after the 1998 season when the Vols beat Florida State.

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