Most national titles are awarded in January just minutes after the clock hits triple zeros in the National Championship Game. But not all. Oklahoma State’s 1945 National Title was awarded in October…of 2016. That’s right, 71 years after the season was played.
Make no mistake though, this isn’t a title handed out by some obscure organization. The Cowboy’s (or Aggie’s, as they were known at the time) 1945 Championship was awarded by the American Football Coaches Association. You probably know them better as the group behind the Coaches Poll. That’s right, the same people who hand out The Coaches’ Trophy, a.k.a. the crystal ball.
Oklahoma State’s crystal ball was delivered back in October, and on Wednesday, the Cowboys put the championship on Boone Pickens Stadium.
— Oklahoma State Athletics (@OSUAthletics) August 16, 2017
Of course, as is to be expected anytime someone claims a national title 71 years after the fact, Oklahoma State took some flack on social media. However, 10 years from now, will it matter that it was awarded retroactively? No. Recruits will come in and see it on the wall and know that the Cowboys have a history of winning. And that is all that matters.