Federal marshalls forcibly seized Nebraska’s three Sears National Championship trophies on Monday, October 15th, 2018, after a federal bankruptcy court ordered them to collect all of Sears assets due to their bankruptcy filing.
“It turns out that the crystal footballs are three of the most valuable assets available in the Sears bankruptcy,” said a bankruptcy expert who asked to be anonymous.
According to the bankruptcy expert, the trophies will be put up for auction, with proceeds paid to Sears creditors. These trophies are the icons for the Cornhuskers who won in the mid-1990’s and the retrieval of the three trophies angered many Nebraskans.
In results of that, Nebraska fans have come out to protest the trophy seizures and started a fund in an attempt to buy them back.
There were potential bidders for the trophies, such as recent head coaches Mike Riley, Bo Pelini, and former athletic director Shawn Eichorst. There are bidders who people deduce will bid out of spite, such as former Colorado coaches Bill McCartney and Rick Neuheisel, Jim Harbaugh. Despite this seemingly long list, there really aren’t many former players who are going to bid. A reason for that is the lack of money.
Even Athletic director Bill Moos said the athletic department can’t do anything about it.
“We spent our entire rainy day fund to schedule Bethune-Cookman for the bye week just so our fans might actually see a win this season,” he said.
No one really expected the trophies to be taken away after Sears filed for bankruptcy. But since it is happening, Nebraskans can only hope that the right people win the bid and bring their beloved trophies back to their rightful place.
If that’s not the case, then the only place they will ever get to see them again is either the internet or in their heads.