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  1. 21 points
    [2021] Big XII Season Superlatives The 2021 season has ended, and it's been another wild year in the Big XII conference full of memories, friendship, and football? Your yearbook committee is pleased to present to you our picks for the 2021 Season Superlatives! Cutest Couple: Acewulf and Solomon McLaughlin Everyone knew this pair would win. Ace is Solomon's biggest fan, and will never miss an opportunity to share his love for him. In return, Solomon showed his love and devotion for his coach by rushing for 1,753 yards and 22 touchdowns in the regular season, leading the conference and 5th in the nation. We wish the best for you guys! Most Athletic: tprochnow “I was a running back, corner back and punt/kick returner in HS. Played varsity all 4 years. I was getting D1 looks..." I mean this guy just sounds like a stud. Most Likely to Succeed: smckenz3 Sure, he may have had a down year in 2021. But he's a top-tier coach who cruised to the playoffs last year, and he used those hard-earned playoffs points to pull in an outstanding recruiting class. Add in the slew of stellar players coming in off of a redshirt season and we're sure he has a bright future ahead of him. Best Promposal: DangerZoneh I mean, nobody has actually seen it but he HAS to have some fantastic promposals to get all of the top croots he's pulling in. Maybe we should get the NCAA to look into exactly what's in the cakes he's been writing "Prom?" on. Life of the Party: Swipet "" Sounds like a party animal to me. Most Changed: panther/randye/ZackTyzwyz Three coaches in one season? What the heck was happening down in Stillwater? We've seen this coaching staff change from the reliable panther who built them into a force, to randy who is a legendary coach and was recently rated the best in sim history, to whatever the frick you call Zack. Most Likely to Make Millions: ConstipatedApe The University of Texas finally canned their longtime coach after he just stopped showing up to work. They filled that new vacancy with Ape. Ape is a coach with a national championship under his belt, and is getting paid by a very prestigious (rich) university known for its boosters with pockets deeper than their oil wells. I'd say Coach Ape is going to be set for life. Most Likely to Win a Pulitzer Prize: Stormstopper Storm consistently puts out some of the highest quality media on the site. Game previews, recaps, stats, players of the week, you name it. He's destined to go on to win the highest honor a young journalist can earn. Best Person to Share a Deserted Island With: Minnowsotan You know what I want on a deserted island? Some god damn peace and quiet. Minnow has been a member here since May 24, 2014 and only has a post count of 291. He's a man of few words and a man of action. What more could you ask for? Most Persistent: HAFFnHAFF A long-time member of the conference who recently took Oklahoma. During his time at Kansas State, it took two seasons to win their first conference game ever and he never gave up. At Kansas State he also babysat star quarterback / drama queen Rahim Murrell, an impressive feat displaying monk-like patience and persistence. Plus he's a pastor, which is neat.
  2. 17 points
    Soluna

    10th Anniversary Tournament

    As a treat for the 10th anniversary season of the site (2022), at the conclusion of the season (following the 2022 national championship) we'll have an Anniversary Cup during the off-season that will follow the guidelines of the real soccer world cup. 32 CFBHC teams (with their 2022 rosters) will qualify based on the criteria listed below. The teams will be drawn into 8 round-robin groups of 4 where 2 advance. The second round consists of knockout matches based on the group placement. There will be a prize for the winner TBA. The offseason will continue as normal while this is going on. Selection criteria: No more than 6 teams per conference. Former CFBHC National Champions automatically qualify and will be placed into Pot 1 for drawing of groups. LSU Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC), Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent), Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12), and Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten) have already qualified. Either the Missouri Tigers or Purdue Boilermakers will qualify. Teams that have won their conference the most number of times. In the case of a tie of at least 3 victories all teams will qualify. If it is two or less the team to have reached that number earliest will qualify. If a team has already qualified for being a National Champion the runner-up will qualify, if needed this is continued down the line. Rice Owls (C-USA), Air Force Falcons (MWC), Houston Cougars (AAC), Florida State Seminoles (ACC), Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12), Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten), Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (Sun Belt), USC Trojans (Pac-12) The MAC has two teams who can qualify via this route: Northern Illinois Huskies OR Western Michigan Broncos The SEC has four teams who can qualify via this route: Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators, Tennessee Volunteers OR Missouri Tigers The remaining 14 or 15 teams will be determined by all time wins. Tournament seeding: Pot A: CFBHC National Champions. If there are only 7 then the 8th spot will be filled by the team with the most wins that does not have a National Championship. Pot B: 1-8 in win percentage from the remaining teams. Pot C: 9-16 in win percentage from the remaining teams. Pot D: 17-24 in win percentage from the remaining teams. The draw will be streamed live and scheduling will follow the World Cup schedule so games will take place over about a month. Each result will have full gameplanning and game reports as normal. Soluna PS: I'm sure someone can come up with an easy way to track qualification for this...
  3. 14 points
    It’s been six seasons since the Oklahoma Sooners and Penn State Nittany Lions met in the 2015 CFBHC National Championship game. Most of the stars have moved on to the NFL, where they have seen varying levels of success and made a name for themselves at the highest level of play. But thanks to a triple overtime national championship game that has gone down as perhaps the greatest game ever played, they’ve long been immortalized in the lore of college football. As the sixth anniversary of the game approaches, I got the chance to sit down with several stars of the game. Tai Miller, Norris Brooksheer, Greg Hadnot, and Ozzie Love represented the Sooners; Todd Jennings, Mark Harrington, Anthony Beltran, and Kadeem Martin represented the Nittany Lions. The memories surrounding the game were vivid. Norris Brooksheer, OU Quarterback: “It’s strange. We went down to Dallas the Monday before the game so that we could acclimate to the town. You know- try and feel as at home as possible. We ate some good barbecue. Texas barbecue, man! It’s the best. That’s what I remember most about the week before the game. [laughs]” Greg Hadnot, OU Running Back: “Oh yeah! I remember, it was like the Wednesday night before the game and Coach Ted took the whole team out to this outdoor barbecue place outside the city. It was like an hour bus ride. We were all getting antsy, but once we got there, it was the best brisket we’d ever had. We were so relaxed that night, just eating and having a good time. But when Thursday morning came, when we were just a few days away from actually playing, you could start to feel the whole team tightening up.” Kadeem Martin, PSU Cornerback: “We got down Wednesday. Flew in to DFW, went straight to our hotel. Ate a catered meal from some barbecue joint, then the coaches gathered us for a team meeting. I’ll never forget what they said. They told us ‘it’s our time. This is what we’ve worked towards, this is what you wanted from the beginning. Enjoy this week, but get your minds right. Work as hard as you’ve ever worked. We’re so close.’” By the time the game rolled around, the city was buzzing. Every hotel within an hour of the stadium was booked full, and the traffic near the stadium in Arlington was crazy by noon of championship day. Martin, PSU: “I’m usually pretty calm before games, but I was feeling the butterflies all day for sure. The guy I shared a room with woke up at four o’clock, sweating because he was so nervous. The man only played special teams.” Ozzie Love, OU Defensive End: “I threw up.” Mark Harrington, PSU Wide Receiver: “We got to the stadium probably two or three hours before game time. We expected it to be like an away game, since we were so close to Oklahoma, but there were a lot of Penn State fans there. We had traveled well. You could tell we were all tense. But we were focused. It was a good tense, it meant we were ready to go.” Todd Jennings, PSU QB and 2015 Heisman Winner: “I did my usual pregame routine. After we all walked the field, I put on my game pants and socks, my lucky shirt, and went to go talk to Coach. We always had a meeting before warming up. It usually was only about ten minutes, but this time it lasted almost thirty. Lots of the typical stuff, just going over plays and looks I might see. I told him we were going to come out firing, and I wasn’t wrong.” Jennings and the Nittany Lions won the coin toss and deferred. After their defense forced a 3 and out, the Penn State offense marched 58 yards and kicked a field goal. Oklahoma matched the score on their next drive. But then Penn State broke the game open. Harrington, PSU WR: “It was tied up 3-3 when we got back on the field. Pete [Choboian] broke off a nice run to get the drive started, I remember. It took us four plays to get four first downs. We were just clicking. Coach Soluna had a script for this series, which I still remember. It was a simple trap play to start, which Pete broke for about 20 yards, and then a Drago route. That was my first catch of the day. It probably went for 15. Then we ran some play action, then another Drago, this time to Curtis [Settles]. Just like that we were 20 yards out and knocking on the door. Whole thing only took a couple minutes off the clock.” Jennings, PSU QB: “It was third down, I’d just thrown an incomplete pass. Clock had stopped after a first down run play. We went to one of our bread and butter plays- Tree 400 China. Trips right, Mark ran a deep flag while Curtis curled underneath. I think Omari Waddy, our Tight End, was running a crossing route. My first read was to him, but the safety tried to come up on him. Mark was so wide open. There wasn’t anyone in ten yards.” The Penn State fans went nuts. The Sooners were fired up as well. Brooksheer, OU QB: “I was determined to match that drive. They’d made us look pretty silly. We got the ball on the 25 and I told Tai that I’d find him.” Tai Miller, OU Wide Receiver: “First quarter ended and we had a little bit of something going. I still hadn’t caught a pass. Me and Kadeem [Martin] had been dueling, and Norris was mostly checking down. Greg was rocking, though. We were handing the ball off and getting chunks of seven or eight yards. We were probably on the fifty when Norris gave me the signal.” Martin, PSU CB: “I’d been ready to play Tai Miller since the beginning of the season. There wasn’t a better Wide Receiver in the game. I’d studied film of him all week, and only him, and for whatever reason when he got that sign from Brooksheer, I knew what it was gonna be. I guessed right. It was just a slant route, but I baited it. Next thing I knew, the ball was in the air and I was in position to jump it. So I did.” Brooksheer: “Immediately after the ball left my hand I knew it was an interception. Kadeem played me like a fiddle. He was off to the races then, and I had to go make the tackle.” Brooksheer made the tackle after a nearly 40 yard return, and a few plays later Pete Choboian punched it in from 2 yards out. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Penn State was up 17-3. The rest of the quarter was relatively quiet. Alejandro Aguirre hit from 42 with 3:00 left on the clock, and then Penn State matched that field goal with no time left to head into the locker room up 20-6. Love, OU DE: “It was so quiet in the locker room. We felt defeated. We were getting our teeth kicked in, hadn’t scored a touchdown, and didn’t even get the ball to start. We were a sieve defensively, too. Seemed like whatever Penn State wanted to do, they did.” Miller, OU WR: “I was pissed. I hadn’t even caught a pass, and the only time a ball had even come my way was that pick.” Hadnot, OU RB: “You could hear a pin drop. Coach Ted came in and lit into us, accusing us of not playing hard and being sloppy. I had my head down the whole time. He grabbed me by the back of my shoulder pads and pulled me to my feet and yelled in my face. ‘Do you want to win a championship?’ he asked. I nodded. His face was so red. ‘Then f****** act like it!’” Anthony Beltran, PSU Defensive Tackle: “Our locker room was still determined, but we were hype. In our minds, we were just one more half from a championship. We were in the driver seat. We thought that if we scored immediately out of the half we’d break their will.” Penn State did score. Todd Jennings led a march down the field that took five minutes off the clock and was capped with another 2 yard Choboian plunge. It was 27-6 and the Penn State sideline was rocking. Harrington, PSU WR: “At that point, I was so confident we’d win that I would’ve bet my life on it.” Hadnot, OU RB: “We were dead in the water. There was hardly any life on the sidelines. But Coach Ted pulled the offense together before the kickoff and lit a fire underneath us. I don’t even remember what he said, but it awoke something. He did the same thing with the defense while we were on the field. Some of my teammates told me later he wasn’t even watching the drive. He spent all three minutes getting the team’s mind right.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “Our offense had been awful during the first half. We turned the corner on that first drive. Greg had only like 35 yards in the first half, but the first play of the drive he took a counter for 20. Then I hit Tai for his first catch of the game for 30. We got Kadeem on a sluggo since he’d bit the slant so hard earlier. Two plays, 50 yards. All of a sudden, we had a little mojo.” Martin, PSU CB: “That sluggo still haunts me. I knew better than to try to jump it twice. But we were feeling so good. We were up 21 in the national championship game, and I thought if I could get another interception not only would I be rubbing salt in the wound, but it would seal the game. Our offense hadn’t been stopped, our defense hadn’t given up a touchdown… I wanted to be the hero right there.” Beltran, PSU DT: “I think they scored in like 6 plays. We slowed them down a little in the red zone, but they ran a third down play action and caught us napping. Little touch pass to the tight end, and suddenly it was 27-13. We still were in control, though. We weren’t feeling too out of sorts.” The Nittany Lions took the field again after a great kick return, giving them possession at their own forty yard line. After a short completion to tight end Omari Waddy and a four yard run by Pete Choboian, it was 3rd and 1. Jennings, PSU QB: “We lined up with two tight ends and a fullback. The ball was going to Pete, no doubt. They knew it and we did, too. We motioned our fullback, Darren [Michael], from the right side of the line to the left and snapped the ball. During that motion, Ozzie Love shifted from shading a 6 technique to a five, head up over our tackle. Just that little adjustment was enough to blow the whole play up.” Love, OU DE: “I was a short guy, but I was pretty quick. Fullback shifted away from me, I shaded over, and I jumped the snap. I ripped through the tackle and was on top of Choboian as soon as he had the handoff. I grabbed around his shoulders and tried to rip him down, but he went right through my arms. I thought I’d seriously f***** up, but in reality, I’d slowed him down just enough.” Jennings, PSU QB: “Pete didn’t stand a chance. They brought the blitz, Love hit him early, and he kind of got stood up. He was swarmed as soon as he was through Love’s initial hit. Next thing I knew, the ball was rolling on the ground. Backwards towards me and towards Love. He scooped it up before I even knew what was happening.” Love, OU DE: “The ball kind of rolled right to me, and then bounced up into my arms. I cradled it against my chest and slid down immediately. Possession, OU.” Martin, PSU CB: “When we came on the field, we knew they were gaining momentum. We also knew we were in real big trouble if we couldn’t get a stop.” The next four minutes were all Greg Hadnot. He carried the ball 6 times for 37 yards, including a five yard touchdown run. Suddenly, the score was 27-20. It was a one possession game. Hadnot, OU RB: “By that point, we were back in the race. After the first drive, the third quarter had been all us. The fans were so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think.” Harrington, PSU WR: “For all the craziness up to that point, the thing I remember about the beginning of the fourth quarter was the lull. It was a calm before the storm, looking back. We ran like five plays and then had to punt. They did the same. For that time, it seemed like a stalemate. When we got the ball back is when things went absolutely nuts.” With 11:45 to go in the game, Penn State took the field on their own 28 yard line. For the next four minutes, Todd Jennings methodically picked apart the OU defense while Pete Choboian picked up two huge third down conversions to keep the drive alive. After a 12 yard pass to Curtis Settles, Penn State was inside the 30 and seemed to be knocking on the door. Martin, PSU CB: “It finally felt like we were back on our game. Our offense was gonna give us a cushion. I’d been feeling tense most of the fourth quarter up to that point, but the path to the trophy was looking clear as day.” Love, OU DE: “For whatever reason we couldn’t stop them that entire drive. They made us look silly. But God bless Jerry Walker.” Jennings, PSU QB: “Literally all game I’d avoided Jerry Walker. He was playing free safety for them, and I had not challenged him deep once. I didn’t make the conscious decision to go at him, but the opportunity just kind of presented itself. Mark was running a simple go route and his corner sat. It looked like there was a window to pick up 15 or 20 yards- hell, knowing Mark, he may have been able to score. I tried to zip it to him, but got hit as I released. The ball hung up in the air for just a moment too long.” Harrington, PSU WR: “It basically became a 50/50 ball, but Jerry Walker had the better shot at it because I had to come back to it. He was full speed to the sideline and jumped up in front of me. I tried to reach over his shoulder and knock it out, but he was able to pin it against his hip. Next thing I know, the OU sideline was going berserk. I didn’t even have to check to see if he’d caught it. I knew.” With the ball on their own 11 and 8:00 on the clock, Norris Brooksheer and the OU offense took the field once more. Brooksheer, OU QB: “We were determined to not let that drive go to waste. We knew it was our last real shot at making something happen.” Hadnot, OU RB: “I told Coach Ted to feed me. He did. Tai told him he wanted the ball. He got it. We were confident and making plays. It was maybe the best drive of the entire season for us.” For the next 6:00 minutes, OU drove 89 yards in 9 plays. Brooksheer was 4/4 on the drive, with three completions to Tai Miller for 30 yards. Hadnot carried the ball on the other 5 plays, including a 34 yard scamper that set them up with 1st and goal on the 3 yard line. The very next play, Brooksheer threw a touchdown to wide receiver Jose McGinest to tie the game. Martin, PSU CB: “We were at a loss. The game was far from over, but we’d gone from almost a sure victory to the fight of our lives. We certainly didn’t give up, but OU just dominated us that drive.” But it wasn’t over. Mark Harrington had been the star wideout for a Heisman winning QB all season. By the fourth quarter, he had 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown to his credit. When Jennings needed bailing out, the ball was almost always going his way. So when the Nittany Lions got the ball back on their own thirty with just over 2:30 left in the game, all eyes were on him. Jennings, PSU QB: “We had 80 yards to go and 1 timeout left. We knew we needed some big plays, and we knew Mark was the guy who provided those typically. So we went to him early.” Harrington, PSU WR: “I think the first one fell incomplete. It was just a little long. Next play we picked up a first down on a crossing route to Curtis that went for 18, and then we hustled to the line. That’s the play. I ran a post pattern and got behind Jerry Walker. 40 yards, just like that. We were inside the 25.” Love, OU DE: “We called a timeout once they got to the line. We had to. We were gassed. There was a minute or so left on the clock. We knew if they scored, they won.” Two plays later, the OU defense had stood firm. Harrington had caught a screen pass that only went for one yard, and then Jennings was sacked for a loss of 4. With time winding down, Ozzie Love broke through and recorded another sack, this one driving the Nittany Lions back to the 34 yard line. Beltran, PSU DT: “Coach Soluna called a timeout with three seconds left. 51 yarder for [kicker Matt] Fisk. He missed, and it was on to overtime.” Martin, PSU CB: “We never stopped being confident. We had the talent, we had the ability… going into overtime, we still believed the game was ours.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “I don’t think either team believed they were going to lose. We had all the momentum, but even still Penn State was as determined as ever. That’s why I wasn’t shocked that it went into three overtimes, because the competitive spirit on that field was at an all time high. You couldn’t find two more competitive teams.” Penn State got the ball first and were held to a field goal. OU sent it into the second OT period after an Alejandro Aguirre field goal following a sack by PSU Defensive Tackle Anthony Beltran. In the second overtime, Tai Miller caught two passes and Greg Hadnot capped it off with a touchdown. Penn State answered right back with a 4 yard touchdown from Todd Jennings to tight end Omari Waddy. To begin the third overtime, PSU handed the ball to Pete Choboian twice and then threw an incomplete pass to the back pylon, intended for Mark Harrington. A 25 yard field goal followed, putting their tenuous lead at 40-37. Miller, OU WR: “We were dog tired, but we smelled blood in the water. We knew that 25 yards meant a championship. Coach Ted gave us 3 plays coming off the sideline. One was a draw play to Greg, who took it six yards. One was a play action to Hugh Warren, who broke a tackle and took it 14 yards. The last was a dive play, which Hadnot took to the one yard line. It was second and goal from the one.” Beltran, PSU DT: “Coach called a timeout after we nearly gave up a touchdown. There’s a reason he's considered such a good coach: he called their play. He told us that they were going to run a play action on second and goal, with a little novel route to the tight end, and he was right. We had a blitz dialed up for the exact play he said they’d run, and Brooksheer had to throw it out of the back of the end zone.” Hadnot, OU RB: “All day, I’d wanted the ball. It was no different this time. I tapped my helmet, we got the play and it was just one of those big-on-big plays where we run right at them. ‘Bring your hat,’ Coach Ted would always say. And they brought theirs. Third and goal from the one, and I tried to jump over the pile.” Beltran, PSU DT: “He tried to jump over me and extend over the goal line. It didn’t work.” Facing 4th and Goal from the one yard line, OU called a timeout. During their deliberations on the sideline, the coaching staff made one of the gutsiest calls in CFBHC history. Rather than take the field goal and send it into the fourth overtime, they sent their offense back onto the field. Three tight ends, a fullback, and Hadnot. Miller, OU WR: “I was dying on the sidelines. To not be on the field for that play was excruciating.” Hadnot, OU RB: “Bring your hat. We were going to beat them by running right at them. I lined up behind my fullback, Ian Smith, and all eyes were on me. I remember smiling.” Beltran, PSU DT: “That bastard smiled at me as I got down in my stance. I was pissed. I was ready. This play was for all the glory, I wasn’t about to let him grin at me like a moron and then take the championship away from me.” Brooksheer, OU QB: “We got our fullback some carries in our offense, but no one expected it. I snapped the ball from under center, turned right, handed it to Ian, and then faked a handoff left to Greg. It wasn’t sexy, it wasn’t super confusing, but it was enough. Ian bowled over a linebacker and broke the plane. We were champions.” OU won, 43-40. In the immediate aftermath, analysts couldn’t stop talking about the decision to go for it. Greg Hadnot was awarded MVP for his 18 carry, 143 yard, 2 TD performance. Before long, the title game was named the greatest sporting event of 2015, and later of the decade. I asked each of the eight I interviewed for their final words on the game. Brooksheer, OU QB: “It was the greatest game I’ve ever been a part of. There’s never been another game like it on a stage like that.” Jennings, PSU QB: “I still have nightmares about Jerry Walker. My time at Penn State was incredible, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, except for that one throw. It was a well coached, well executed game, and it came down to just a couple plays. If I would’ve been on the other side of it… man. I wish we’d have come out on top.” Harrington, PSU WR: “I told my wife that she wasn’t allowed to talk about it. She grew up in Oklahoma, so she made the mistake of teasing me about it once. Now we don’t mention it, ever. It was easily the biggest fight we've ever had.” Hadnot, OU RB: “The rest of my career was kind of a blur. That was certainly the pinnacle. And you know what? I’m very happy with that.” Beltran, PSU DT: “You’re the first and last person I’ll ever talk to publicly about that game. Now that I’ve walked through it, any more conversation about it will be behind closed doors with my therapist.” Love, OU DE: “I didn’t make it to the NFL, and now I’m on staff here at OU. I can’t go anywhere without being stopped still, all because of that game. I haven’t bought a drink in Norman since.” Miller, OU WR: “I’ll always remember the frustration and the grind of that game. Not having a catch in the first half, then storming back the way we did and being an integral part of the offense. It was the hardest I’ve ever played, and it paid off.” Martin, PSU CB: “Tai and I are teammates now. We go against each other in practice every day. And every time he beats me, he says ‘Boomer Sooner.’ I hate it. But a couple weeks ago he tried to run a slant on me and I picked it off. After we got back to the line I got up in his face. ‘You know better than to run slants against me,’ I told him. ‘It never works out for you.’” Miller, OU WR: “[laughing] Yeah, then tell him what happened next.” Martin, PSU CB: “What? Nothing happened. I shut you down the rest of practice is what happened.” Miller, OU WR: “Nope. I beat you twice for touchdowns. And after practice I showed you the championship ring I keep in my locker. You know, from when I beat your ass when you were at Penn State? I got the last laugh that day.” I thanked them for taking the time to sit down with me. It was obvious the loss still smarted when for the former Penn State players, but even they had to admit: they had played in the greatest championship game of all time.
  4. 9 points
    Many moons ago I joined the coaching ranks at North Carolina State University, a team that I still hold a bit of connection to. I struggled mightily there, only winning 1 game, and having probably the most humiliating moment of my coaching career, losing a whopping 80-0 to the BC Eagles who were on a massive warpath towards the Natty. I soon left due to my own childishness, and I fell backwards into the University of Washington. I struggled once again, having Julius McIntosh being my first ever drafted QB, notoriously being the first QB drafted that had more INTs than TDs, but I slowly improved my record to a whopping 3 wins. The next year Jake Davis came in and he had his true Freshman struggles, but he showed flashes of his fantastic potential as once again we were 3-9, but there was genuine promise. The next year with a more mature Jake Davis saw my first true success on the football field. Sure it had It's faults but it genuinely looks like that entire team has a very bright future ahead of it, and that is something I am extremely proud of. Whoever takes that job will be extremely happy. Now, I am excited to take a team in Boston College that I hold absolutely near and dear to my heart, something that I have wanted for ages. I may have my problems and struggles, but nothing means more to me than this job, and thank you to @Darman for believing in me enough to allow me to take this prestigious job, and I cannot wait to be able to keep improving from my humble struggles from when I started to now. I am still climbing and learning the more time I spend coaching, and I absolutely cannot wait to keep the grind going, and doing everything in my power to make Boston College into more of a powerhouse that it already is, and do everything in my power to prove myself to everyone of my colleagues, the coaches here. I am open to taking questions, please do ask away.
  5. 8 points
    PAC-12 coaches @paperllamasunited and @bingo415 each took a gander at the tantalizing National Title matchup between the Missouri Tigers and the Purdue Boilermakers taking place on July 8. Each coach took a different approach to the write-up, and each has predicted a final score and MVP for the game. It should be a fantastic Championship featuring two worthy teams! From PaperLlamasUnited (thanks, Llamas!!): Missouri and Purdue are two explosive offenses, and just looking at some of their stats on paper easily shows why they're both here, competing for the Natty. During the regular season, Mizzou outperformed Purdue's high profile offense by nearly half a yard per play (8.47 yards per rush+pass, versus 8.04), scored six more offensive touchdowns (60:54), and had one less turnover by QBs and RBs (5:6). It's easy to see why some might give the Tigers the nod over the Boilermakers. Names known around the football world, to diehard and casual fans alike, are Missouri's Tucker Dowden, and Purdue's Matt Jones. Expect to hear a lot about both in the lead up to, during, and after the game. The focus of both of these offenses is to run the game through both of these players. At Missouri, the Tigers can literally run through Dowden, who posted 667 rushing yards and 7 TDs on the ground, even breaking off a 60-yarder to help cement his bid for the Heisman. (In fact, no other player in the SEC had a run of a longer distance.) Purdue has had issue with mobile quarterbacks before (see: 2020 against Iowa), and will look to contain Dowden's scampering with the likes of stud contain DE Derrick Dawkins (31 tackles, 4TFL, 10.5 sacks), true freshman phenom contain DE Landon Crowder (38 tackles, 6TFL, 12.0 sacks), and coverage OLB Jeremy Woodall (22, 2, 3.0). The trio is going to have their hands full, having to keep an eye out for Dowden moving on his feet, and also needing to shut down junior Tiger power back Nathan Coleman (1376 yards, 18 TD), but the task shouldn't be impossible. Dawkins has a great match up against redshirt freshman 2.5/4.0 run blocker Roberto Robledo, possibly the biggest individual position battle in the game. Dawkins can abuse right tackles when he catches them off guard... but can also disappear from the stat sheet against some of these lower ranked skill tackles. He was shut out from the sheet against Wisconsin and Ohio State (playing a 2.0/3.5 guard at RT), but posted 2 of his 10.5 season sacks on poor Michigan State 2.5/2.5 Luke Wynn, and added another in a Week 2 match up against Ole Miss, who also foolishly played a guard (albeit 3.5/3.5 pass blocking) at right tackle. If Dawkins can get inside Robledo's head, and allow the rest of the front-8 Boilermakers (aforementioned Crowder & Woodall, stud ILB Sammy Dawkins [50 tackles, 5TFL, 4PD, 2FF & 2FR]) to take control of a crumbling offensive line and the line of scrimmage, this game goes from a challenge for Dowden and co. to an uncomfortably stressful day for the Tigers. Mizzou has some great receivers - Daniel Hobbs (73-1152-13) and Tevin Lattimore (77-1211-14) will both be making headlines at the next level - but Purdue can match up well with ballhawk Jordan Westbrook (7 INTs, 7PD) and athletic freak Jeremiah Butler (4, 2). Purdue's big weak spot on defense - LOLB Robert Devlin did not make a stat sheet as a redshirt freshman - can be blanketed by the fact that Missouri doesn't target TE Noah Graham all too much (16-276-1), so if they run Graham out Devlin's way, doubling up and dropping SS Mario Randle or FS Zahir Cason over the top can eliminate Dowden's potential 3rd or 4th read. With the choo choo cavalry coming (28.0 sacks posted by Boilermakers), and Dawkins' presumed blowing up of Robledo, there might not be time to allow Dowden to even make it that far in his progressions, and he's going to have to force some throws at Westbrook or Butler. When Matt Jones is out there, things are going to be different. I mean, yeah, both Purdue and Missouri are going to give their RBs ~20 carries per game. And yeah, Missouri posted a comparable 26.5 sacks as a defense, Purdue is trotting 2.5/4.5 redshirt freshman Milo Arndt out there at left tackle, and Missouri has a stud freshman DE of their own in Cooper Simpkins (46 tackles, 7TFL, 13.0 sacks). But Simpkins doesn't have an equal pass rushing nightmare across from him - LE Charles Boykin posted 5.0 sacks, DT Victor Grace posted 5.0, and OLB Kaz Hadley posted 3.5. Grace is going to have to go up against an interior of guards Christopher Shelley (4/4 [JR]) and Martin McCollum (4/4 JR), and center Jude Shanks (3/3.5 JR). They all match up solidly with him, allowing either isolation against Grace, or a "double team" of getting an extra hand on the guy while pass blocking, and assisting the other interior lineman with blocking either nose tackle Khalil Hodge (3.5/3.5, no sheets) or a free blitzing LB in one of Edward Lay (4.0/4.0 Will, 33 tackles, 1TFL) or Cesar Uribe (2.5/4.5 Mike, no sheets). Some simple slide blocking frees up a lineman to help double team Simpkins, allowing "MJ the M.D." enough time in the pocket to be his typical surgeon self. WR1 Frederick Bartlett (58-963-7) is going to have a tough day with CB David Triplett (3 INT, 2PD) following him everywhere, but WR2 Milo O'Connell (51-813-10) should absolutely pick on the inexperienced Devon Bruce, a 1.5/4.0 (FR) who managed one interception on the season. Should MJ need to go to his third read, 6'4" slot WR Oscar Franco (38-549-6) should be able to run free from Purdue nickelback Alpha Lovett, who will simply be graduating after the game, not good enough for the pros. But what about Mizzou FS Gabriel Mallory, who had 7 INTs? Purdue doesn't have to go deep, and in fact, they often target TE Ajani Winston more than anyone else - he lead the team with 68 snags for 1019 yards and 12 TDs. Quick Slants Armchair postseason coach Llamas reminds actual competitive teams that going back to the basics can win them the championship. How Missouri's Offense Can Win: Utilize Noah Graham in the passing game as a blocker, allowing Dowden time to scramble around and find one of his many pro potential WRs or to scoot upfield when coverage is locked down. 3 yards per play is enough to grind out a 1st down. Dowden's been rushing for nine and a quarter per carry. How Purdue's Offense Can Win: Smart throws. Send the WRs deep, forcing Mallory deep, and then cut up the shallow middle with TE Ajani Winston. How Purdue's Defense Can Win: Blitz Dowden... with LBs.. Sending enough pressure, while keeping the contain from the DEs, will force him into making throws he'd rather not. How Missouri's Defense Can Win: Keep Mallory down in the intermediate passing range, following Winston everywhere. Surrender field goals, not touchdowns. Settling the Score Dowden deserves to be on the big stage, he's got the elite arm and leg talents of a CFBHC Legend. He's going to get in the end zone one way or another. Missouri Tigers 17 ...but the rest of his Tigers team just doesn't quite have what it takes. Some of them are just a bit too young, or just overmatched. It's simply not their time yet. They have a great nucleus, and while it remains to be determined who, or how good, their QB of the future they have, the're going to have to be the team that Purdue was to Penn State the last few years, good enough to compete, but just outshined at the end of the day by the better overall roster. Purdue Boilermakers 34 Matt Jones passes for a TD early, but it's Brendan Milton, one of the "least-important", or perhaps "overlooked by this analyst", players on the field, taking home MVP Honors. MVP: Brendan Milton, 25 carries, 129 yards, 3TD From Bingo415: I'll allow Llamas' write-up to stand as the "fact-based, scientific" choice. For me it comes down to balance: which offense can take the pressure off their top-tier QB with a solid run game, freeing up Dowden or Jones to do what they do best. I've been really impressed by Nathan Coleman running the ball for Mizzou. The Tigers' 6.7 OLine rating in the semifinal against an absolutely beastly Auburn DLine was fantastic, and it allowed Coleman to scoot his way to 129 and two scores, with an additional 46 and a touch from Dowden on the ground. Purdue has just as much firepower in Brendan Milton and a very nice OLine rating averaging 6.4 in the playoffs. Milton went off against a TCU team that is one season away from where Auburn was this year. His 167 and 2 scores let Jones pick apart the Horned Frog secondary that was peeking in the backfield most of the game. While Jones isn't the running threat that Dowden is, he does more than enough throwing the ball in short-to-intermediate routes that are effectively runs. The Missouri DLine will get pressure on Jones here and there, and they'll need to as the back 7 isn't quite as talented as Purdue's secondary. Jordan Westbrook, the Fiesta Bowl MVP, led a fantastic effort from the Boilers pass defense that made up for a lack of pressure on TCU's Felix Luck. Look for one of Westbrook, Dawkins, or Zahir Carson to again pick off Dowden. Whether it matters or not remains to be seen. Lastly, let's examine the coaching in the Natty. @inspiral is coming off perhaps the most impressive two season run in site history with his worst-to-first turn with the Packers leading to this fantastic Purdue season. Meanwhile, @vtgorilla has pulled all the right strings for Dowden and company this season, and is adept at bringing out the best in his players. Inspiral is probably the slightly more conservative of the two game planners in this matchup, and I'm going to guess that safe and steady might win the day in a match-up this tight. Slight nod to Inspiral here. So...I'll go with the following for Monday night-- Mizzou 24 - 30 Purdue MVP: Matt Jones, 25-32, 275 yards, 2 TDs
  6. 5 points
    deandean1998

    Deandean1998

    1. Please list your email address and/or your reddit username at which you can be contacted. /u/DeanNeedsANewAccount 2. Before continuing, please thoroughly read the coaching course and feel free to ask questions. Confirm that you have read the coaching course by writing "Confirmed" below. You'd think I might have passed it over but no Confirmed I have read that. 3. What team do you want to coach? Boston College Eagles 4. Please select two backup teams (in descending order of preference) in case your first choice is unavailable. Stay at Washington. 5. In three or more sentences, tell us a little about yourself. How old are you, what do you do, where are you from, why would you be a good fit here, etc. I am 20 years old, college student who isn't at college right now since he is moving. My name is Dean and I am a top 15 former Patriots GM. I also ate a sock for this site before. 6. This site can be as time consuming as you want it to be. Weekly duties can be completed in 30 minutes or less, however interacting with your fellow players throughout the week makes it more enjoyable for most people. Approximately, how much free time do you have during a typical week? I have enough free time that I spend it all on here. 7. Losing games is an inevitable reality on this site, especially when accepting newer teams. Do you believe you can handle losing? Disappointment is expected, however we have had issues with people freaking out, and even leaving the site because of losing. .....Yeah I can handle losing. 8. How did you find out about this site? If recommended by a friend, please post his/her username. Rome on Reddit aged ago. Thank him for bringing me here.
  7. 4 points
    npklemm

    [2021] AFCS: QB Spotlight

    Welcome back, after about a 3 month break, we're back. Here's my last AFCS Article: http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/12327-2018-afc-south-qb-situation/ Houston Texans Starter QB Alex Leshoure 6-1 205 2 Boston College [Pocket] 86 Alex Leshoure looks like the next QB Star in the making. Perhaps he is a little slower in his development than the previous Quarterbacks. He finished 2021 5th in Attempts, 8th in Yards, 7th in Touchdowns thrown (out of all QBs with 9+ Games played - 32). However, he was 23rd in Completion %, was 30th in Interceptions, and 22nd in QB Rating. He was a volume passer, and he didn't have too many assets to throw to. Two receivers lost significant time due to injury. I think we'll see Leshoure get better next season, especially if his receivers can stay healthy. He's about to enter the last season of his contract, so the Texans have to decide now whether to extend him or exercise his option. Backup QB Tommy Jones 6-3 198 3 Michigan [Hybrid] 83 Tommy hasn't played any significant amount of minutes since Alex Leshoure came on board full time. And for a good reason, he wasn't good. He's probably fine as a backup, but if the Texans lose Leshoure, they know they can't count on Jones to lead them to victory. Cap Hit Leshoure makes $5.5 MM (2.75 GTD) in 2022. Jones is set to be a Free Agent after 2021 The Texans have to spend some money on QBs. As mentioned earlier, Leshoure is eligible for a fifth year option for the 2023 season. But, with the direction of the QB Market, is it worthwhile to pursue extending him next season and taking on that money earlier rather than exercising his option and pushing the money back a year. Jones being a Free Agent gives the Texans a whole bunch of options at backup. They aren't tied to anyone and go in any direction they want. Actions 1. Exercise Leshoure's option. I think pushing the money back as far as possible is the smart way to go. But I wouldn't blame you for extending him as early as possible either. 2. Re-sign Jones to the league min. If he won't sign for that, let his ass walk. 3. If Jones walks, draft a QB in the 4th Round. You should be able to find someone decent as a backup. 4. Pickup a Practice Squad guy. Indianapolis Colts - by @Broletariat Starter QB Aaron Shea 6-2 204 3 Missouri [Pocket] 94 Everyone knew he’d be this good. Aaron Shea is a legend in the making and continues to play at a high level for the Colts (13th in completion percentage, 2nd in yards, 4th in touchdowns, 9th in passer rating in 2021), despite missing the playoffs this season for the first time since he was drafted first overall in 2018. If the Indy front office can keep him happy and sufficiently surrounded with talent, Shea looks like a lifelong Colt whose championship glory is a matter of when, not if. Backups QB Robert Martin 6-1 184 4 Colorado State [Pocket] 82 QB Corey Mendoza 6-5 223 3 Purdue [Pocket] 76 Robert Martin is an interesting prospect, and someone we in Philly were targeting at pick 200 in 2017 (he went 181 to the Raiders and we ended up with Ken Eller at 225). He has progressed nicely and shown flashes of starting-caliber play but was sometimes frustratingly inconsistent in relief of Nick Hall in Oakland. I still see potential as a fringe starter, perhaps as a flyer for a rebuilding team. Mendoza is an emergency/bubble player who will likely find himself out of the league sooner than later despite his prototypical frame. So yes, I have considered Corey Mendoza, but I’ll pass, thanks. Cap Hit Aaron Shea: $7 million ($3.5 million gtd) in 2021, $17.5 million (fully gtd) in 2022. Robert Martin: $1.5 million ($1 million gtd) in 2021, $1.5 million ($0.5 million gtd) in 2022. Corey Mendoza: $0.5 million (none gtd) in 2021. Actions 1. Get to work on Shea’s extension. 2021 is over for the Colts and he will be entering his final contract season in 2022. The price will only rise from here. 2. Extend Martin at a similar contract if possible. His current contract is quite cheap for such a serviceable backup so unless he shows signs of regression, keep him. 3. Let Mendoza walk and find a young camp arm to stash on the practice squad. You don’t need to carry three QBs in your 53 with Shea and Martin on the depth chart. Jacksonville Jaguars Starter QB Christian Barkley 6-3 211 2 Texas Tech [Pocket] 85 Barkley has lead the Jags to a 10+ Win season and coming into this season there was a ton of hype around the team. But, a devastating injury to Star RB Asante Sowell completely derailed their season and threw Barkley into an uncomfortable position. Coming into this season, he was a game manager. Handing the ball off to Sowell and avoid Turnovers. But he was forced to throw the ball a ton this season. He finished 9th in Attempts, 12th in Yards, 15th in Touchdowns, and 11th in Interceptions. He did finish 19th in Completion % and 20th in QB Rating. So, even though he threw the ball a lot, he still avoided turnovers for the most part which is assuring. But, still, one can't think that the Jags can do better at QB. Picking in the Top 10 is intriguing given this QB class. They won't get Jones (if we allow Matt Jones to fall to Soluna, we should literally just quit), but Ryan Harris could be there and that's an interesting pick. Backup QB Byron Harper 6-3 225 3 Utah [Hybrid] 82 QB Benjamin Schuler 5-11 200 R Florida State [Pocket] 76 Byron Harper hasn't really gotten too many chances to prove himself, but he's an interesting backup decision. Pairing Sowell with a mobile QB with Raheem and Gary on the outside is definitely fun to think about. I like Benjamin Schuler, he performed well at Florida State and I think he's a perfectly decent QB3. Cap Hit Barkley is making $2.25 MM (1.125 GTD) in 2022 and is then a Free Agent. Harper becomes a Free Agent following 2021. Schuler makes 500K a season through 2024. Barkley is still cheap, and you have to think he could be re-signed for $10-12 MM per season. But, is he worth that? Harper is a FA and should be re-signed for cheap. Schuler is super cheap and fully non-guaranteed, so that gives you plenty of flexibility. Actions 1. Re-sign Harper to around $2-3 MM per season for 2-3 seasons. I like the prospect of Harper as a backup with the skill talent around him. 2. Extend Barkley for 1 more season following 2022. If he has a good 2022, a one year deal could help you figure out if he has long term potential. However, if he has a poor 2022 season, a one year deal is easy to eat and get over. Tennessee Titans Starter QB Thomas Wheeler 6-1 208 6 Florida State [Pocket] 93 Wheeler had a phenomenal year and should be in the discussion for MVP. He slightly outperformed Shea statwise, but way outperformed him record wise. He finished 1st in attempts, 1st in Yards, 1st in Touchdowns. Wheeler was forced to throw the ball a crap ton thanks in part to the poor running game. He did finish 21st in Completion %, 25th in Interceptions thrown, and 17th in QB Rating. The efficiency stats do typically suffer with volume QBs, but he was still able to lead the Titans to double digit wins and their first division title ever (and to be the first AFCS Team to win a Playoff Game). Wheeler is a very good QB who has helped put himself in the conversion to be in the Top Tier of QBs in the league. Backups QB Bobby Kolodziej 6-2 205 3 California [Pocket] 78 QB Julius McIntosh 6-0 232 1 Washington [Hybrid] 81 QB J.J. Robinson 6-1 209 1 Temple [Hybrid] 77 Bobby Kaleidoscope has shown signs of competency in the past, but he's still only a 78. His lifetime as a backup is probably coming to an end sooner rather than later. Julius McIntosh lol. J.J. wasn't a guy I was excited about at all and we really don't know what he can do. If Wheeler goes down at all, the Titans are totally boned. Cap Hit Thomas Wheeler makes $19.5 MM (fully guaranteed) in 2022 and $18.5 MM (fully non-guaranteed) in 2023. Bobby Kolodzieg makes $1 MM (fully gtd) in 2022, $1 MM (0 GTD) in 2023, and $1 MM (0 GTD) in 2024 Julius McIntosh makes $1 MM (0 GTD) in 2022 and $1 MM (0 GTD) in 2023 J.J. Robinson makes 750K (0 GTD) in 2022 and 750K (0 GTD) in 2023. Wheeler's contract is odd. He is fully guaranteed in 2022 and then can be cut in 2023 with no cap repercussions. It's very doubtful that will happen, but the opportunity exists. Everyone else is super cheap and easy to cut/waive if need be. Actions 1. Cut Julius McIntosh immediately. I don't know why you haven't already Rankings 1. Indianapolis 2. Tennessee 3. Houston 4. Jacksonville Shout out to @Broletariat for writing the Colts section!
  8. 3 points
    Now I know why the PAC sucks
  9. 3 points
    Most Likely to Make Millions: ConstipatedApe The University of Texas finally canned their longtime coach after he just stopped showing up to work. They filled that new vacancy with Ape. Ape is a coach with a national championship under his belt, and is getting paid by a very prestigious (rich) university known for its boosters with pockets deeper than their oil wells. I'd say Coach Ape is going to be set for life. The real reason I left Pullman
  10. 3 points
  11. 2 points
    Well at least I have a spot somewhere. I have wanted to be more vocal without shitposting
  12. 2 points
    smckenz3

    [2021] Big XII Season Superlatives

    Fun piece of media - thanks for doing it!
  13. 2 points
    Solomon
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  15. 1 point
    There are countless reasons to give me shit, don't worry. I sure hope I do. It would mean a lot to make Cricket proud, he is a genuinely great person and deserves every word of praise he gets.
  16. 1 point
    Congrats man! I know you’ll do fantastic and make cricket proud!
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    Darman

    Deandean1998

    Congrats. You know what to do.
  18. 1 point
    bingo415

    [2021] AFCS: QB Spotlight

    This division is absolutely loaded at QB, like a Poor Man's NFC South. Great write-up, I love this series. Keep it up!
  19. 1 point
    bingo415

    [2021] Bowl Games - Day #14

    Good game @fever_ful. I was pretty worried about this matchup, you have a hell of a squad, I don’t see how you don’t compete for the B1G title next year. Yeldon held to his first game under 100 in the two years I’ve coached him. Bummer. Good season, tough to lose the last two games of the year. Cheerio to seniors and Yeldon...you’ve all been true Men of Oregon. Go Ducks!
  20. 1 point
    REGGIE COMING FOR ALL YALL.
  21. 1 point
    bellwoodbomb611

    TMoney

    @believer We’ve found the chosen one
  22. 1 point
    TMoney

    TMoney

    I found a meme related to Wyoming Cowboys football:
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    #1 Youngstown State 34-27 #4 James Madison #11 New Hampshire 21-17 #10 Illinois State Final #1 Youngstown State vs #11 New Hampshire
  24. 0 points
    Does this mean I don’t get to give you shit anymore? The rivalry is dead
  25. 0 points
    pumph

    Buccaneers RB Jackson suspended

    If he still gets to travel with the team to Denver, I could see his suspension getting even longer, and his season going - ahem, up in smoke.
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