Nick Saban respects UCF but not 'self-proclaimed' national champions

  • Nick Saban respects UCF but not 'self-proclaimed' national champions

Nick Saban respects UCF but not 'self-proclaimed' national champions

The story that won't die got more oxygen Tuesday.

Alabama claims 17 national championships, including some that are disputed and that argument will be thrown around plenty, but at the end of the day, that was a different time.

"I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything", Saban told USA Today. "And there's probably a significant number of people who don't respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves".

Alabama went 13-1 and won the College Football Playoff. Instead, UCF accepted a Peach Bowl bid where it defeated No. 7 Auburn on January 1 to finish 13-0.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

However, he didn't believe this was enough to justify the Knights' claim of being national champions. Langer knows all about it, as like Saban, his relentless pursuit of success involves an enviable work ethic, a strict diet and a workout regime that will make you sore just thinking about it. victor of 111 professional wins worldwide, victor of 37 events and ten - count them, ten majors on the Champions Tour, Langer welcomes the philosophy shared by the Alabama football coach. "So, I have a tremendous amount of respect for their team and what they were able to accomplish".

One could argue UCF deserved a better chance at the title, but Saban clearly doesn't believe in teams calling themselves champions without winning the College Football Playoff.

But, Saban continued, there's a system in place and "it's not quite fair" to claim a championship was earned outside that construct.

Just before hitting the driving range to team with Bernhard Langer in the Region's Tradition pro-am on the Greystone Founders Course, Saban met with reporters and was asked about the possibility of playing a two-quarterback system this season.

Read the full interview from USA Today Sports.