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AFCA National Championship Trophy
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Florida's 2008 Championship Trophy
Awarded forWinner of college football's BCS National Championship Game
Presented byAmerican Football Coaches Association
LocationBCS National Championship Game (rotates cities)
CountryUnited States
First awarded1986, awarded retroactively to schools finishing #1 in the Coaches' Poll prior to that date
Currently held byAlabama Crimson Tide
Official websitewww<wbr/>.afca<wbr/>.com

The AFCA National Championship Trophy (Coaches' Trophy) is the trophy awarded by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to the winner of college football's BCS National Championship Game, which determines the national champion for purposes of the Coaches' Poll. The trophy has been awarded annually since 1986 and has been contractually tied to the winner of the BCS National Championship Game since 1998.

The trophy consists of a Waterford Crystal football[1] affixed to an ebony base, and carries a value of over $30,000. The winning school retains permanent possession of the trophy, as a new one is awarded every year. The football portion of the trophy weighs approximately 8 pounds and together with the stand, it weighs about 45 pounds (20 kg) and stands 34 inches tall. It is handmade by master craftspeople at Waterford Crystal and reportedly takes nearly three months to complete.[2][3]

The trophy has undergone several sponsorship changes over the years. It was sponsored by the Gerrits Foundation during the initial 1986 and 1987 seasons. Pepsi came aboard as a co-sponsor in 1988 and 1989. McDonald's was the sole sponsor from 1990 until 1992. Sears became the trophy's sponsor in 1993 and remained so until 2001. Circuit City assumed sponsorship duties for the 2002 season. ADT Security Services was the title sponsor from 2003 to 2005.

Its current name is actually "The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Championship Trophy (or The Coaches' Trophy)"; it was given this permanent name by the association in 2006.

In 2009, the AFCA issued the trophy to schools whose teams were voted number one by the Coaches' Poll in years before the trophy was first issued. Through the 1973 season, the final Coaches' Poll was released in early December, after the regular season, but before the bowl games. Beginning with the 1974 season, the Coaches' Poll would conduct its final poll after the bowl games.

WinnersEdit

BCSTrophy

LSU's 2007 Championship Trophy

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Season School Head Coach Postseason Note AP Champion
1950 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson lost 13-7 in Sugar Bowl to Kentucky
1951 Tennessee Robert Neyland lost 28-13 in Sugar Bowl to Maryland
1952 Michigan State Biggie Munn no bowl allowed by Big Ten
1953 Maryland Jim Tatum lost 7-0 in Orange Bowl to Oklahoma
1954 UCLA Red Sanders no bowl; consecutive Rose Bowls forbidden Ohio State
1955 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1956 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson no bowl; consecutive bowls forbidden
1957 Ohio State Woody Hayes Auburn
1958 LSU Paul Dietzel
1959 Syracuse Ben Schwartzwalder
1960 Minnesota Murray Warmath lost 17-7 in Rose Bowl to Washington
1961 Alabama Bear Bryant
1962 USC John McKay
1963 Texas Darrell Royal
1964 Alabama Bear Bryant lost 21-17 in Orange Bowl to Texas
1965 Michigan State Duffy Daugherty lost 14-12 in Rose Bowl to UCLA Alabama
1966 Notre Dame Ara Parseghian no bowls from 1925-68 (voluntary)
1967 USC John McKay
1968 Ohio State Woody Hayes
1969 Texas Darrell Royal
1970 Texas Darrell Royal lost 24-11 in Cotton Bowl to Notre Dame Nebraska
1971 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1972 USC John McKay
1973 Alabama Bear Bryant lost 24-23 in Sugar Bowl to Notre Dame Notre Dame
1974 USC John McKay Oklahoma
1975 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1976 Pittsburgh Johnny Majors
1977 Notre Dame Dan Devine
1978 USC John Robinson Alabama
1979 Alabama Bear Bryant
1980 Georgia Vince Dooley
1981 Clemson Danny Ford
1982 Penn State Joe Paterno
1983 Miami Howard Schnellenberger
1984 Brigham Young LaVell Edwards
1985 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1986 Penn State Joe Paterno
1987 Miami Jimmy Johnson
1988 Notre Dame Lou Holtz
1989 Miami Dennis Erickson
1990 Georgia Tech Bobby Ross Colorado
1991 Washington Don James Miami (FL)
1992 Alabama Gene Stallings
1993 Florida State Bobby Bowden
1994 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1995 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1996 Florida Steve Spurrier
1997 Nebraska Tom Osborne Michigan
1998 Tennessee Phil Fulmer
1999 Florida State Bobby Bowden
2000 Oklahoma Bob Stoops
2001 Miami Larry Coker
2002 Ohio State Jim Tressel
2003 LSU Nick Saban USC
2004 USC Pete Carroll later vacated
2005 Texas Mack Brown
2006 Florida Urban Meyer
2007 LSU Les Miles
2008 Florida Urban Meyer
2009 Alabama Nick Saban
2010 Auburn Gene Chizik
2011 Alabama Nick Saban
2012 Alabama Nick Saban

^1 †USC would later be stripped of their 2004 Coaches' Poll championship due to NCAA sanctions.

By schoolEdit

School Number Seasons
Alabama 8 1961, 1964, 1973, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012
Oklahoma 6 1950, 1955, 1956, 1975, 1985, 2000
USC 5 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2004*
Miami (FL) 5 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001
Nebraska 4 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997
Texas 4 1963, 1969, 1970, 2005
Florida 3 1996, 2006, 2008
LSU 3 1958, 2003, 2007
Notre Dame 3 1966, 1977, 1988
Ohio State 3 1957, 1968, 2002
Florida State 2 1993, 1999
Penn State 2 1982, 1986
Michigan State 2 1952, 1965
Tennessee 2 1951, 1998
Auburn 1 2010
BYU 1 1984
Clemson 1 1981
Georgia 1 1980
Georgia Tech 1 1990
Maryland 1 1953
Minnesota 1 1960
Pittsburgh 1 1976
Syracuse 1 1959
UCLA 1 1954
Washington 1 1991

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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