UCF won’t stop the silliness of calling itself “National Champions” from last football season, and last week their former head coach/architect of their 13-0 season was “pouring as much cold water on it,” as he could.
Well, now new Nebraska coach Scott Frost was on Orlando radio Thursday morning, and tempered his previous comments.
Specifically, because the Knights, their conference (the AAC), and everyone else involved in D-1 football understands and agreed that the teams playing in the College Football Playoff are playing for the “National Championship.”
And for the record, UCF didn’t play in, much less win, the two games necessary. Alabama did.
However, possibly fearing that this might be their only chance in the next millennium to make the claim, UCF has only escalated the rhetoric all offseason and continued with the marketing campaign surrounding it.
“All I’ll say is if we had stayed there, I would have had a hard time getting behind it,” he says. “I think it was smart by them, because it has kept UCF in the media and in the conversation. But you know, like our rings, I kind of wish my ring just said ‘Undefeated Season’ and ‘Peach Bowl Champion.’ ”
We agreed with that. Well done.
Now, joining Orlando Sentinel columnist and morning host on 97.9 “The Game” sportsradio in Orlando, Mike Bianchi, on Thursday, Frost spoke on several subjects. However, the one that interested us (and many others) was Bianchi asking him to follow up on those comments above:
Former UCF coach, Scott Frost joined Open Mike this morning to clear… https://t.co/HiYdhvwnKS
— 96.9 The Game (@969thegame) May 10, 2018
And understanding, that he was coming on that show to help placate the UCF fans he’s left behind. He softened to the following:
“I don’t regret saying it, ….I answered it honestly,” Frost told Bianchi about his previous remarks.
“I’m so proud of that team and will be forever… and happy for those guys and I don’t want anything that I said in an answer to have the appearance of diminishing from what they accomplished and how grateful we are to be a part of it… I don’t want anything I say to take away from those unbelievable kids and what that unbelievable team accomplished last year.”
So, there’s the diplomatic approach from the guy who got all the benefit from the Knights magical season, and then, bolted to coach at his alma matter, Nebraska.
However, we agreed with what he said originally, and there is no disputing at this stage that UCF is making itself look smaller and smaller nationally, the longer this has gone.
They, obviously don’t see it that way.
However, there’s not really anyone outside of Orlando agreeing with them or continuing the narrative. That says a lot about what they should do.
Just like their coach did in leaving, let’s move on to 2018, shall we?
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