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Scott Frost: I have a hard time calling UCF the 2017 national champion

Scott Frost: I have a hard time calling UCF the 2017 national champion
Published On: Sat, May 05
Nov 22, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Samford Bulldogs wide receiver Malik Johns (11) is brought down by Auburn Tigers linebacker Kris Frost (17) during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

For Mike Gundy, the tipping point came late. He appreciated the sheer audacity of the claim. Paying the coaches bonuses was great. The parade was cool. The rings? Hey, hes been known to do funky things with rings.

But when I saw the banner, Gundy says, that was a little different for me. It was a little unusual.

And it has been more than a little unusual to watch as Central Florida has turned the entire offseason into one long celebration of a self-proclaimed national title. It began after beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl, when UCF athletic director Danny White looked into directly a camera and said: National champs. Undefeated! From there it morphed into something, well it morphed into something.

It grew organically, says White, who says its all in good fun and asks, essentially: Why cant UCF claim a national championship?

Depending on your perspective, the banner at Spectrum Stadium, unveiled last month " 2017 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS " might not be the most outlandish thing. It was those coaches bonuses for winning the national title, even after Scott Frost took his entire staff with him to Nebraska. White explains that move " and all of it, really, with a smile and a shrug.

If were gonna be national champions, he says, then were gonna do what national champions do.

And if it roils some, he figures, thats too bad. Whites argument, that a 13-0 season capped with a win against a team that handed both Alabama and Georgia " the participants in the College Football Playoff championship game " was so compelling, I dont know how you could ignore it, he says. I dont know if Id be doing my job if I didnt stand up for UCF.

And lets be clear: Claiming a national championship is a time-honored college football tradition. Some schools have done so retroactively (that includes Alabamas decision, a couple of decades back, to add a few titles to the collection).

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