Central Florida players celebrate after its 34-27 win in the Peach Bowl on Monday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
As the lone unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, Central Florida is saying that it should be the national champion. It is getting a parade worthy of one.
Walt Disney World will honor the Knights with a parade down Main Street U.S.A.
Disney said in a release "this will be a celebration of Orlando’s hometown team having a championship season with a perfect record and outstanding academic success."
Athletic director Danny White said on Wednesday to Tampa station 96.9 The Game that the school will also hang a national championship banner at Spectrum Stadium. The coaching staff will also receive their national championship bonuses.
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“We won a national championship and we’re going to treat it as such," White said. "These kids deserve that. Like other football programs do all across the country, you claim a national championship, you’re the only undefeated team in a season, we’re going to hang a banner.”
UCF isn't the only one jumping on the national champion bandwagon. The Prince George Journal in Prince George, Virginia, said in an editorial on Tuesday that it considers the Knights as the national champion.
The Journal said that due to Auburn’s regular season victories over both Alabama (12-1) and Georgia (13-1), and Central Florida’s subsequent victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl, its editorial board thought it was appropriate to name the Knights national champion.
“With an undefeated record and a win over a top-10 team in the Peach Bowl, we were left no other choice but to name them national champs,” said Womack Publishing Company president Richard Ingram in the editorial “It’s a testament to the work they put in, and the chance they were never given by the Bowl Selection Committee.”