Scott Frost responded to Nick Saban after the Alabama coach made some interesting comments about UCF’s self-proclaimed national championship this week.
Frost, who led UCF to an undefeated season and Peach Bowl before leaving for the Nebraska job, reminded Saban and college football fans that there are some national titles the Crimson Tide claim that aren’t recognized by everyone.
“Alabama’s probably got one or two championships they claim that weren’t necessarily recognized by everybody,” Frost said in an interview with Omaha’s KETV.
Alabama has claimed 17 national championships in its history, but several are disputed. Most notably, the Crimson Tide claim a 1941 title that is not recognized by the NCAA or the Associated Press. Sports Illustrated has a list of all of Alabama’s disputed titles.
Frost isn’t even fully on board with the UCF national title push, so his latest comments appear to be a direct response to Saban.
Here’s what Saban said this week:
“I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything,” Saban told USA Today. “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.”
Regardless of all the chatter, Alabama gets to keep its shiny title trophy from last season, while UCF gets its own national championship rings and the memories of an undefeated season.
Frost is hoping to take Nebraska to the level where it can be contending for national titles in a few years. Perhaps he and Saban will square off sometime on the field.