This May Surprise You, But Nick Saban Doesn't Think Central Florida's Claim To His National Championship Holds Any Water
USAToday- Nick Saban says he has “a tremendous amount of respect” for UCF’s accomplishment last season, because he knows how difficult it is to go unbeaten. But he’s not exactly aboard with the Knights’ claim on the 2017 national championship, either — not that you’d expect him to be.
“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. “I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything. But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it. And there’s probably a significant number of people who don’t respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves.”
Need you anymore proof of how flawed college football was, is, and probably always will be? Just think about the following for a second. All it took to kickstart months of conversation amongst some of the titans of the sport was one smaller school doing some online shopping for expensive but inconsequential jewelry that backs their claim, and only their claim, to a National Championship they didn't even play for. It's currently mid-May, months after the trophy has been handed to the person who orchestrated consecutive playoff wins over competition that was just as deserving, and that person is still justifying the same old question with a defensive and passive aggressive answer. If that doesn't speak volumes about the uncertainty surrounding college football's postseason system than I don't know what the hell possibly could.
As a lover of underdogs, I actually appreciate the glorification of what could very easily end up being a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for a non-Power 5 program. That said, it's basically the large-scale equivalent of the kid from Big Daddy playing cards, with the main difference being that Central Florida didn't even have an active hand in the games they are baselessly declaring victory in. For some perspective on how ludicrous it is to continue debating this, that would make Nick Saban's vehement denial of it's authenticity akin to Rob Schneider's portrayal of an irritable and illiterate delivery man that travels by bicycle and has no patience for children. So, you tell me which party sounds more stupid.