Alabama Head Coach Saban says he has a lot of respect for what UCF and what they did last season. Going undefeated is no small feat, but he said the national champion claims were unfair.
"I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything. But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it," Saban told USA Today in a story published Tuesday. "And there's probably a significant number of people who don't respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves."
Nick Saban on UCF's national title claims: 'Self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it" https://t.co/2QuOf8fvsU— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 16, 2018
"We've only had one undefeated team, and that is really hard to do," Saban said. "So I have a tremendous amount of respect for their team and what they were able to accomplish. ... And they can make every claim that they should have been in the playoff. I get that.