The 2000 Sears National Champion Football Trophy will make the fourth appearance of the year during its football season tour of college campuses and nationwide Sears stores with a stop at the Florida-Tennessee game this Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
The Sears Trophy travels to college campuses and Sears stores across the nation on the road to college football's national championship game. Key match-ups and cities are picked for tour stops based on the rankings in the weekly USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll.
The Sears Trophy is awarded annually to the National Champion as determined by the Bowl Championship Series. This year, the winner of the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami will be awarded the Sears Trophy.
First awarded to Florida State in 1993 and again in 1999, the Sears Trophy has also been awarded to Nebraska ('94, 95 and 97), Florida ('96), and Tennessee ('98).
Sears and the American Football Coaches Association also present a 20,000 dollar academic scholarship to the school that wins the Sears Trophy each year. The scholarship is earmarked for an outstanding freshman student who does not participate in intercollegiate athletics.
Each year, an artisan at Waterford Crystal in Ireland spends three months hand-crafting the sparkling football that sits atop the Sears Trophy, which is insured for 30,000 dollars. In all, the trophy weighs in at 37 pounds and stands 34 inches tall.
Florida will be making its ninth appearance in front of the trophy while Tennessee will be making its sixth. The Gators are 5-3 overall while the Volunteers are 3-2 when playing in front of the trophy.
Wallace to visit UT Medical Center
NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace will visit the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 13. He will be flying into UT Medical Center and landing on the LIFESTAR helipad at approximately 10 a.m.
While at the medical center, he will meet with 125 second graders from Rocky Hill Elementary in the Wood Auditorium at approximately 10:30 a.m., and then visit with some of the medical center's trauma patients.
Wallace, along with UT Trauma Center staff members, will discuss the importance of wearing seat belts and not drinking while driving.
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