We've seen the rings, the parade, the banners, and the championship bonuses handed out at the University of Central Florida and almost everyone under the sun has commented on their claim as national champs but we had still yet to hear from Alabama's Nick Saban on the matter. "I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything".
UCF then beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl, and since Auburn had handed Alabama its only loss, the Knights claimed a national title. "And there's probably a significant number of people who don't respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves". The College Football Playoff does exclude the "little guy" and the non-Power 5 programs, and there's room to talk about reform. UCF didn't make the four-team field.
The Knights declared themselves national champions and their fans taunted Alabama on its home turf. It had a parade, made T-shirts and built a sign in its stadium celebrating the accomplishment.
"If you honor and respect the system that we have, (despite) some of the imperfections that you understand that the system has, then you wouldn't do something out of respect for the system that we have", Saban told USA TODAY Sports.
"All I'll say", Frost told USA Today earlier this month, "is if we had stayed there, I would have had a hard time getting behind it". "So I have a tremendous amount of respect for their team and what they were able to accomplish. It's not quite fair to them for somebody else just to decide to (claim a national championship)".
Of course, there have been plenty of programs over the years that have "claimed" national championships, including Alabama.