Nick Saban’s comments about UCF’s self-declared national title created a stir Tuesday, when the Alabama coach said, “Self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it.”
On Wednesday, the author of the story where Saban’s thought appeared said the coach knew what he was doing by sharing his opinion on UCF’s title claim. USA Today’s George Schroeder appeared on WJOX 94.5 FM and said, “When he has a lot to say about something, he knows exactly what he’s doing.”
“I had no idea what he would have to say on it,” Schroeder said in the radio appearance. “I thought he might just sort of deflect on it and not want to say much. If you read the story, it’s not only the one quote … it’s two or three other quotes about it. He had a lot to say about it. Here’s what I know about Nick Saban: When he has a lot to say about something, he knows exactly what he’s doing.”
It appears that way. UCF’s self-declared national title has been a hot topic since the Knights made an aggressive push to celebrate the so-called honor following a 13-0 season that included a victory against Auburn in the Peach Bowl in January.
Meanwhile, Alabama earned the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff and beat Clemson in the Sugar Bowl and Georgia in the National Championship Game to win the program’s fifth national title under Saban.
“I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything,” Saban told Schroeder. “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.”
Recently, former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin told SEC Country that it might have been possible for UCF to beat the Crimson Tide last season. Unsurprisingly, former Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick shared a different prediction with SEC Country, saying Alabama would have “whooped up on them boys” if the teams had played.
It’s possible that we’ll hear more notable opinions about UCF’s national championship claim. But this is a topic that seemingly won’t go away.
Click below to listen to the complete interview featuring Schroeder:
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) May 16, 2018