Nebraska coach Scott Frost continued the back-and-forth debate between Alabama and his former employer, UCF, this week when he instructed an Omaha information station that not all the Crimson Tide‘s 17 claimed nationwide championships are legit.
“Alabama probably has one or two national championships they claim that weren’t necessarily recognized by everybody,” Frost instructed KETV.
Frost, who led UCF to a 13-Zero season earlier than taking the Nebraska job, mentioned he thinks his former college’s declare of a nationwide championship is wise when it comes to maintaining the Group of 5 program within the nationwide dialog. However he has additionally acknowledged that the true champion comes because of the School Soccer Playoff, which the Knights had been saved out of regardless of an undefeated file.
Nonetheless, UCF gamers obtained championship rings and this system unveiled a championship banner throughout its spring sport final month.
Alabama coach Nick Saban instructed USA In the present day this week that UCF has the prerogative to make the declare however “self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it.”
“We’ve only had one undefeated team, and that is really hard to do,” Saban mentioned. “So I’ve an incredible quantity of respect for his or her group and what they had been capable of accomplish. … They usually could make each declare that they need to have been within the playoff. I get that.
“However we have now a system, and it is not truthful to the individuals who went by way of the system and earned their means taking part in actually, actually good groups — I imply actually good groups — and actually powerful video games. It is not fairly truthful to them for any person else simply to determine to [claim a national championship].”
By beating Georgia within the nationwide championship, Alabama boosted its variety of claimed nationwide championships to 17. Most of the early titles, nevertheless, had been earlier than the trendy polling programs existed, opening them as much as debate.