Central Florida declared itself “national champions” following its undefeated football season last fall. Alabama, which won the College Football Playoff to win the national championship, still isn’t letting it go three months later.
The Alabama women’s basketball team dominated UCF 80-61 in the second round of the women’s NIT on Sunday, advancing to the third round of the postseason tournament. Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne naturally congratulated the Crimson Tide on the win, but also took a shot at UCF in the process.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) March 18, 2018
“Great win today over UCF for @AlabamaWBB!” Byrne tweeted Sunday afternoon. “We’re not ready to make it more than it was and schedule a Disney Parade…but we’ll definitely take it.”
UCF’s vice president and director of athletics Danny White quickly responded on Twitter, quote-tweeting Byrne.
Our policy has been to schedule Disney parades when we win New Year’s Day bowl games. We’ve won 2 in the last 5 years. The most recent in 2017 when we were the only undefeated team in America, & National Champions. If y’all wanna have a parade for WNIT wins – more power to ya! https://t.co/pgFLN8mqj9
— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) March 18, 2018
“Our policy has been to schedule Disney parades when we win New Year’s Day bowl games,” White tweeted. “We’ve won 2 in the last 5 years. The most recent in 2017 when we were the only undefeated team in America, & National Champions.
“If y’all wanna have a parade for WNIT wins — more power to ya!”
UCF, following its win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl, instantly declared itself “national champions.” It scheduled a parade at Disney World and unveiled a championship banner. The state of Florida even released a special national championship license plate.
Now, at the very least, you have to admit that UCF’s declaration of a national title was a genius move — it earned the school more than $171 million in exposure. And the championship talk hasn’t died down.
Following UMCB’s historic upset in the NCAA tournament, the Knights congratulated them on Twitter while reminding everyone they were left out of the College Football Playoff.
Amazing what happens when an under “dog” gets a fair shot in an expanded playoff
Congrats on the history, @UMBCAthletics ✊
UMCB quickly responded, thanking the “National Champions.”
Coming from the National Champions, this means a lot. https://t.co/MuzR9iwycj
— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) March 17, 2018
So even though the Crimson Tide aren’t headed to “The Happiest Place On Earth” after their second-round WNIT win, Byrne didn’t want to waste an opportunity to remind everyone who the true national champion — in his eyes at least — is from last season.
The feud over the title, it seems, continues.
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