Had Scott Frost remained at UCF, the Knights may not have proclaimed themselves national champions. Or at least the school wouldn't haven't taken it to the degree they have.
Frost led UCF to an undefeated (13-0) mark in his second season as head coach before leaving for his alma mater, Nebraska. He remained at UCF through their bowl game, a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl that — for whatever illogical reason — made them national champions.
"I completely get behind their argument,” Frost told USA Today. “I do think it was almost criminal how low they kept UCF in the rankings, and I think it was intentional. But at the end of the day, the playoff system is that the national champion is the team that wins the playoff.”
This is the first time Frost has admitted UCF wasn't actually national champions, something that Troy Walters, Frost's offensive coordinator at both UCF and Nebraska, admitted last month.
“All I’ll say is if we had stayed there, I would have had a hard time getting behind it,” Frost added. “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.’ ”
But don't bet on Frost's comments stopping UCF's national champions proclamations.