Count Kirk Herbstreit among the skeptics of UCF’s national championship claim.
On Thursday, the ESPN analyst rekindled an old debate when he used Twitter to claim that the Knights are “damaging” their brand “by jumping up and down ‘claiming’ a National Championship.” Of course, UCF was aggressive in celebrating a self-awarded national championship following a 13-0 season that included a victory against Auburn in the Peach Bowl in January.
Herbstreit didn’t care for a tweet from a UCF fan who brought up the Knights’ so-called national championship.
Herbstreit is right, even if he’s wrong about UCF “damaging” its brand with its national championship claim. If anything, the Knights’ profile has risen because of its national title stance.
Without that approach, we would have forgotten about their undefeated season much earlier. It was smart marketing by UCF officials.
Still, Herbstreit is correct in saying Alabama is college football’s true national champion from last season. It’s unfortunate that the Knights and Crimson Tide weren’t able to settle this debate on the field. But we saw with our own eyes that Alabama beat Georgia in a memorable National Championship Game.
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