When Nick Saban speaks, the college football world listens and often reacts. That’s the power that comes with being the champion of the sport — regardless of whether everyone openly acknowledges that fact or not.

If you missed it, Saban recently shared his thoughts on UCF’s claim to the national championship. He believes that claiming a title you didn’t win is somewhat disrespectful of the current system in place college football utilizes to determine its champion.

“If you honor and respect the system that we have, (despite) some of the imperfections that you understand that the system has, then you wouldn’t do something out of respect for the system that we have,” Saban said according to George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports. “I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything. But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it. And there’s probably a significant number of people who don’t respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves.”

Those comments seemed to burn something inside the loud and proud FSU alumni Danny Kanell. According to the former Seminole quarterback, Alabama was “gifted” its opportunity in the College Football Playoff.

Kanell also took issue with the fact Alabama claims titles others don’t, although to be accurate, Saban was not a part of any of those disputed titles.