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Central Florida unveils national champions sign at spring game

The Sports Xchange

April 21, 2018 at 10:17 pm.

Central Florida unveiled a 2017 national champions sign before its spring game Saturday, a bold move with the unbeaten Knights claiming a mythical title despite Alabama beating Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game.

A few minutes before kickoff, the video board played season highlights, including some of UCF’s 34-27 win over Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to cap a 13-0 season. A black tarp covering the sign was then removed at Spectrum Stadium.

After the game, the players were surprised with championship rings.

UCF athletic director Danny White declared the Knights national champions because they were the only undefeated team in FBS football. He has followed through on his promise for a parade and national championship banners.

The Knights had a parade at Walt Disney World in January and a street party in downtown Orlando to celebrate.

National championship T-shirts were also printed.

The Crimson Tide beat Georgia 26-23 in the CFP championship a week after UCF beat Auburn.

“We’re trying to build our program, and we feel very strongly as the only undefeated team, and having beat Auburn, who beat both teams competing for the national championship, that we have an extremely sound case to claim the crown,” White told reporters.

 

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