Danny Kanell has a strong opinion about Nick Saban and Alabama.
On Tuesday, the Crimson Tide coach created headlines when he criticized UCF for celebrating a self-declared national title following the 2017 season. Saban told USA Today’s George Schroeder, “Self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it.”
Kanell, a noted SEC critic, didn’t exactly share the same view.
On Wednesday, the SiriusXM analyst used Twitter to criticize Alabama, writing “not sure how you can say you ‘earned’ a national title when you didn’t win your conference and were GIFTED an invitation to the CFB Invitational.” Kanell is referencing the fact that the Crimson Tide were given the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff despite not winning the SEC West, edging out Big Ten champion Ohio State.
Check out Kanell’s tweets on the subject:
That’s a pointed opinion from Kanell, but this is no stunner coming from him. He has been known to needle Alabama and other SEC fan bases in the past, so at least he’s being consistent.
Kanell can write whatever he wants, but the truth is Alabama is the true champion. The Crimson Tide proved worthy of earning a College Football Playoff berth by beating ACC champion Clemson in the Sugar Bowl and SEC champion Georgia in the National Championship Game to end last season. (Kanell incorrectly references SEC West champion Auburn as the SEC champion in his second tweet, when referring to UCF beating the Tigers in the Peach Bowl in January.)
Unfortunately, the Alabama-UCF debate likely won’t end until the 2018 season kicks off.