It has been one week since you made your mark. One week since you took the title and claimed it as your own. We congratulate you and hope that you take these pieces of advice from a school that has been in your shoes before and knows how you feel. These are the things we reminded ourselves after the CFP Championship this January.
You have done an amazing thing. Surviving six rounds of tournament basketball all to come out on top couldn’t have been easy and you deserve to pat yourselves on the back for a while and celebrate your accomplishments. The entire nation congratulates you and we wanted to be the first to say that it’s okay to celebrate until October rolls around. You’re the national champions until someone else- or even you- become the next one so enjoy it until that moment comes and while you work for the next one continues to remember what you have already done as motivation to do it again, work hard, but celebrate often.
While we all know that celebrating is a ton of fun, always remember to keep your feet on the ground. You can’t stop working here because you remember how it felt to win one, you want to do it again, and you won’t get there by celebrating constantly. You have to put in just as much work as you did in the last season next year plus some more because the whole country is watching and they want to see what you do.
Some people may be rooting against you
Titles mean fame but not always in a good way. Some people are going to look at your team and your program and scoff, they will root for your downfall because they want to be you, and that’s okay. Show them who you are, show them what you can do and give them a run for their money because whether you know it or not they’re all watching.
Seriously though, congratulations. We all watched in awe as you made your shot after shot and stunned the country with a stellar performance. The hard work you put in this season did not go unnoticed. So whether we had you winning our brackets or not and whether you were cheering for us in our National Championship game or not, we congratulate you and we wish you the best of luck in your celebrations and in seasons to come.