The Seminoles brought home their first after the championship 1993 season. Bobby Bowden won again in 1999, but someone stole the flashy footballs last weekend.
Florida State University President T. K. Wetherell says Seminole fans everywhere are angry.
“You kind of feel violated by it, and those trophies are so important to this institution, our history, it’s part of our heritage.”
FSU kept the crystal footballs in display cases outside Coach Bowden’s office. A security guard patrols the area, but the thief apparently timed the heist while the guard was in another part of the building.
The thief broke the lock on the display case to get at the trophies and apparently left behind an important clue, fingerprints. There’s little else to go on and Major Thomas Long of the FSU Police Department admits it’s a tough case to crack.
“Yes, it is, so we’re hoping someone knows something and will call.”
The university lists the value of the Waterford crystal footballs at $30,000 a piece. They were not insured, but FSU’s president says the act itself almost hurts more than the financial loss.
“It’s like people coming into your house and taking your china, your silver, etc. You can replace it, but it’s not the issue. The issue is that someone would do that.”
Wetherell says ebay and pawn shops have been notified to be on the lookout for someone trying to unload a couple of lead crystal footballs.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers or the FSU Police at (850) 644-1234.