Nebraska and Alabama are locking horns, entering a heated debate as the new Nebraska coach Scott Frost is attacking his former employer back and forth. Talking to an Omaha news station, he said that not all of the 17 claimed national championships by UFC are legit. Turning tides and creating a stir in the scene, he said, “Alabama probably has one or two national championships they claim that weren’t necessarily recognized by everybody.”
Before working for Nebraska, Frost led the UCF tam to a 13-0 season. He said that the former employer and their claim of national championships are smart, as far as the Group of 5 program is kept alive in the national conversation. However, he said that true championship is the result of a competitive and fair College Football Playoff and the Knights had been kept out of it despite remaining undefeated in the season. However, UCF players nonetheless received championship rings and the program even unveiled a banner for championship during last month’s spring game.
Alabama coach Nick Saban talked to USA Today earlier this week, suggesting that UCF can rightfully make the championship claim but suggested that “self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it.” He went on to say, “We’ve only had one undefeated team, and that is really hard to do. 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.”
He also commented on the way championship claims are made and said, “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].”
Does this mean that the coach was officially dissing the Nebraska team? Some believe that he was. Frost’s comments look like they are directly aiming at what Saban said. After both the teams did well and the coaches received their bonuses, it was highly likely that the two would not confront each other. However, this week’s developments suggest otherwise and Frost looks adamant on bringing the championship controversy back to the game.
Alabama now has 17 claimed national championships, the last one of which was achieved after beating Georgia. Many of these titles were claimed during a period when the modern polling systems did not exist. Therefore, their legitimacy is a matter of debate. Note that the NCAA does not recognize all 17 of the championships that Alabama claims. It only recognized 14 of them. On the other hand, AP counts only 10 championships as their poll officially began in 1936.
Frost wants to work on the Nebraska team consistently, so that they are able to go to the national championships. Saban hasn’t responded to the comments yet but if the battle continues and the two coaches remain consistent in their efforts, we will likely see a faceoff between the two in the games very soon.