Shattered I-Bowl Trophies Replaced: Truman the Tiger Off the Hook
The 2011 AdvoCare V100™ Independence Bowl champion Missouri Tigers have received their brand new trophies.
The crystal trophies, produced by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, were shipped via UPS from Shreveport to Columbia, Mo. earlier this month.
You may recall, Missouri's mascot - Truman the Tiger - accidentally bumped into the championship trophy, knocking it to the ground and shattering it, just hours before the 2011 I-Bowl. The trophy was broken at the pre-game Fan Fest while the mascot was posing for a picture.
Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry delivered a temporary trophy prior to the game.
Missouri came back and beat North Carolina 41-24, but had to raise the temporary trophy during the celebration.
But that wasn't the only broken trophy. After the game Offensive MVP James Franklin’s trophy was knocked over near the locker room and shattered.
Greg Johnson, Lee Michaels Sr. Vice President said they replaced both trophies for free.
He said Truman was off the hook, but needed to be careful in the future.