Scott Frost may be the coach at Nebraska these days, but he still seems pretty concerned with the ongoing melodrama between UCF and Alabama regarding national championship claims.
And in an interview spot recently released by KETV in Omaha, it appears as though the former UCF coach is unafraid of coming right at Tide Nation in defense of his old school.
“I think I’m on the record enough with that kind of stuff,” Frost said in response to Saban’s comments, before getting in one final jab at the Crimson Tide. “But Alabama’s probably got one or two championships that they claim that weren’t necessarily recognized by everybody.”
Wow. Shots fired.
Presumably, Frost is referring to the sometimes-questioned 1941 national championship that the Crimson Tide claims, but is widely recognized as a national title season for Minnesota. The Gophers were the top team in the AP poll that season.
Frost’s zinger is in response to comments Alabama coach Nick Saban made to USA Today’s George Schroeder earlier in the week.
“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.”
Saban even addressed the rebuttal that Frost might make about some of the Crimson Tide’s earlier national championships that were claimed in an era that did not include the BCS or College Football Playoff to include clarity on a definitive national champion.
“That’s not how it’s done anymore,” Saban said. “All the national championships that we won, we had to play somebody to win them. And we got in the game because of the season we had.”
UCF has spent much of the offseason touting a national championship after beating Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to finish the season 13-0. Though the Crimson Tide did not win the SEC championship, Alabama found its way into the College Football Playoff and beat Georgia in the recognized national title game in January.