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Saban: Despite claims, UCF didn't earn any title

Alabama coach Nick Saban dismisses UCF's 'self-proclaimed' title
7:49 PM CT

UCF gave itself a parade and its players national championship rings to recognize its undefeated season, but Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't have much use for the Knights' claims.

"I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything. But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it," Saban told USA Today in a story published Tuesday. "And there's probably a significant number of people who don't respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves."

Saban's team beat Georgia 26-23 in an overtime thriller to win the national championship that most people recognize, the College Football Playoff title. Alabama had routed defending champion Clemson 24-6 to reach the final game.

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Nick Saban holds up Alabama's championship trophy after beating Georgia to win the national title. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

UCF finished the regular season 12-0, the only undefeated team in FBS. However, because of their schedule, the Knights were ranked only No. 12 in the country when the four teams were chosen for the College Football Playoff.

Then the Knights went on to beat Auburn, which had handed Alabama its only loss, in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Day. Hence, the national champion claims.

Saban said he had a lot of respect for what UCF accomplished, because going undefeated is no small feat, but said the national champion claims were unfair.

"We've only had one undefeated team, and that is really hard to do," Saban said. "So I have a tremendous amount of respect for their team and what they were able to accomplish. ... And they can make every claim that they should have been in the Playoff. I get that.

"But we have a system, and it's not fair to the people who went through the system and earned their way playing really, really good teams -- I mean really good teams -- and really tough games. It's not quite fair to them for somebody else just to decide to (claim a national championship)."
 

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"But we have a system, and it's not fair to the people who went through the system and earned their way playing really, really good teams -- I mean really good teams -- and really tough games. It's not quite fair to them for somebody else just to decide to (claim a national championship)."
all you really need to know, right there.
 

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"I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything. But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it," Saban told USA Today in a story published Tuesday. "And there's probably a significant number of people who don't respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves."

 

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I like Saban finally getting his say in this exercise in stupidity on the part of Danny White. The national press has picked it up today so to hear Saban say it has to be earned and just saying it doesn't make it so, is refreshing. With Scott Frost on 2 different occasions in the past few weeks saying that Alabama is the NC and wishing that they hadn't put NC on his conference championship ring is throwing some serious shade at an already tired and getting old UCF act.
 

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And i just bought my CF National Championship T-shirt....damn.....
Do I have to send it back?....was going to frame it with my AU National Championship T-shirt put out by the Opilika News paper....
 

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I haven't said much about it, but that Harvard claim of a natty in 1874 with a 1-1 record has always been a sore spot for me. I guess, like so many college football fans, I've just emotionally turned it loose and decided to move on with my life.

Eventually, my belief is that Scott Frost will be able to do the same. Feeling compelled right now to have to play both ends against the middle must be exhausting and confusing if you are trying hard to keep your stories straight. Managing to tick off a beloved ex-fan base by acknowledging Alabama as the champs didn't go over that well with the have-nots. So watching Frost, hot on the radio circuit qualifying and clarifying out both sides of his face is understandable as politics go. Whoever said it was easy to be all things to all people? Must be tough living with power 5 reality and needing all the love that a favorable power 5 playoff committee can give and still make a case for the little people. It's enough to make a coach wish he had left one game earlier.
 

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I haven't said much about it, but that Harvard claim of a natty in 1874 with a 1-1 record has always been a sore spot for me. I guess, like so many college football fans, I've just emotionally turned it loose and decided to move on with my life.

Eventually, my belief is that Scott Frost will be able to do the same. Feeling compelled right now to have to play both ends against the middle must be exhausting and confusing if you are trying hard to keep your stories straight. Managing to tick off a beloved ex-fan base by acknowledging Alabama as the champs didn't go over that well with the have-nots. So watching Frost, hot on the radio circuit qualifying and clarifying out both sides of his face is understandable as politics go. Whoever said it was easy to be all things to all people? Must be tough living with power 5 reality and needing all the love that a favorable power 5 playoff committee can give and still make a case for the little people. It's enough to make a coach wish he had left one game earlier.
I'd be interested to hear Nick Saban's take on "17".... Bet he'd feel the same type of pressure
 

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I spent a time dealing with what people say and write in the press...and what i learned was this....and it was a big part in education..."
....every time u respond it only keeps the conversation going.......
....no response.....things die and go away.......
I wish NS would have said....."i really dont have anything to say about that (the question about CF claiming aNC)....and away it goes..now its back big time...for the talking heads......because Nick Saban said something about it...
 

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I spent a time dealing with what people say and write in the press...and what i learned was this....and it was a big part in education..."
....every time u respond it only keeps the conversation going.......
....no response.....things die and go away.......
I wish NS would have said....."i really dont have anything to say about that (the question about CF claiming aNC)....and away it goes..now its back big time...for the talking heads......because Nick Saban said something about it...
I agree. Just let it go. Who cares what UCF claims? It only makes them look like spoiled children. A simple; "They can claim whatever they want. I don't really care" would have been enough.
 

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