April 23, 2018

University of Central Florida celebrated their 2017 undefeated season by awarding players, coaches, and staff with national championship rings during spring game festivities on Saturday:

UCF 2018 National Championship rings
(Courtesy of UCF Athletics)

The Knights posted a brilliant 13-0 record in 2017, winning the American Athletic Conference championship and beating Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Tigers special season included defeating power-house Alabama and the Knights were the only undefeated team in the nation last season, prompting UCF athletics director Danny White to declare the school national champions, despite Alabama winning the 2018 College Football Playoff National championship.

The Colley-Matrix, which is one of more than 40 college football polls, recognized by the NCAA in its list of national champion major selections, picked UCF as national champions in January which strengthents the Knights’ claim.

The championships rings and the unveiling of new national championship signs around Spectrum Stadium Saturday were the latest part of White’s effort to celebrate the Knights’ success and highlight the difficulty a non-Power 5 team faces earning a spot in the College Football Playoff 4-team playoff system.

As is customary with collegiate athletics, these gorgeous championship rings are not made with real gold or authentic diamonds.

As soon as the championship ring pictures were posted on the official UCF football Twitter account, the expected backlash of negative comments showed up.

Alabama fans seem especially annoyed by the Knights’ claim, which also has been criticized by national college football analysts Paul Finebaum and Kirk Herbstreit. Perhaps Clemson Tiger fans are too busy still celebrating their 2017 Football championship title to even notice.

Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi is among those who have defended the Knights’ and wrote a great retort for those critical of the Knights new championship rings: “The biggest injustice in modern-day sports is that just because a university like UCF wasn’t around 100 years ago when the Power 5 conferences were formed, the 2017 Knights are essentially forbidden from competing for a national title a century later.”

While returning UCF players say they are focused on preparing for the 2018 football season and have moved on from the undefeated campaign, some former players are enjoying the extended victory lap and their new “National Championship” rings.

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