Kirby Smart defends UCF for declaring themselves national champs
Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs will be playing for the national title against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday, but he doesn’t seem to mind the UCF Knights declaring themselves the true national champs of sorts.
Speaking with the media on Saturday, two days before the championship game, the Georgia head coach was asked about UCF’s self-crowning after their 13-0 season and had this to say, according to Aslan Hodges of ESPN 1077:
"I'm not thinking about that — I'm thinking about Alabama and if I was at UCF, I'd probably do the same thing" – Kirby Smart on UCF running with the 'champion' talk pic.twitter.com/8wrqWNWDk0
— Aslan Hodges (@AslanHodges) January 6, 2018
UCF did all that they could with their undefeated season and their victory over SEC powerhouse Auburn in the Peach Bowl but were snubbed by the CFP Selection Committee for a shot at the title. Granted, the way they have hyped themselves up since may seem a bit over the top to some. But it sounds like Smart, who once upon a time coached at no-name Valdosta State, can relate.