Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nick Saban and team members accept Iron Bowl Trophy

Via Matt Scalici at Alabama head coach and several members of the 2011 Crimson Tide football team officially accepted the ODK Foy Sportsmanship trophy at Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night. The event took place at halftime of the Alabama – Auburn basketball game.

Scroll past the video for some 411 on the trophy and tradition behind it.

The trophy's namesakes are Dean James E. Foy, who served at both Auburn and Alabama and the father of photojournalist Mary Lou Foy, and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society, which has circles at both universities.

The trophy was established in 1948 by the two circles of Omicron Delta Kappa to signify a good relationship between the two schools despite the bitterness of the Iron Bowl rivalry. The trophy was dedicated to Dean James Foy after his retirement in 1978 because of his importance to both schools.

Foy graduated from the University of Alabama and served there as the Assistant Dean of Students before serving as Dean of Students at Auburn University. Foy also served as the Faculty Secretary, the key faculty officer for ODK, for both circles.

Each year, the trophy is presented by the Iron Bowl loser during halftime at the winners' home basketball game between the two schools. It then resides at the winning school through the following year. Tradition dictates that the losing presenter also sing the fight song of the winning school.

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