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WE ARE...CHAMPIONS

Penn State goes back to back and defends their National Championship in an explosive 44-23 match up against UCF

CALM BEFORE THE STORM

As the college season comes to a close, NFLHC front offices prepare themselves for the draft. Who's going to make their mark?

ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES

Where it stops? No one knows. CFBHC offseason can only mean one thing. It's time for the coaching carousel! Will inspiral stay at Purdue? Who will take USC? Which coach will leave, then come back to a different team, but then switch back to their original team? It could be you!

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    Coach iliveinadreamtorium looked on one last time to see his Trojans win another bowl game, defeating Kansas 33-17. LOS ANGELES, CA- I went into Coach iliveinadreamatorium’s Los Angeles home with no idea what was in store. It was shortly after the Trojans’ most recent bowl win, so I was expecting to see a man excited for what his team had accomplished and ready to prepare for the next season ahead. I was only partly correct. “I’m so proud of what these men have accomplished this year. This team was probably the best group of players that I ever had the opportunity to coach and I’m truly grateful that I had that opportunity,” the coach told me. “We really should’ve made it farther than we did. I know in my heart that we should’ve. And I’m to blame for that. It weighs heavy on my mind at night. I think about some of the wrong calls that I made. I think back to that Stanford game and I just see in my mind all the ways that we could’ve and should’ve won that game if I had done something different. But I didn’t.” I’ve followed the Trojans for the past couple of years and have developed a good working relationship with Coach Dream, the nickname the fanbase has given him. Never in my years of covering the team had I seen him like this. He seemed endlessly exhausted, had prominent bags under his eyes, and looked like the embodiment of a man who hadn’t gotten a good night’s sleep in over a year. That morning, as I watched him prepare us some eggs for breakfast, he broke the news to me. “That’ll be the last game I coach for the USC Trojans,” he said with a sigh of resignation. “I’ve loved my time with the program, but I’m no longer capable of keeping up with a program of this stature. Having to deal with everything that I’ve had to- the LA media- no offense, but y’all were worst [expletive] part of my job and I’m gonna sleep a lot easier at night not having to mess with y’all. You and the boosters- both have some amazing people, but you have very little patience and I have just as little patience. It was just never going to be a healthy relationship for me.” As we talked throughout the following days as I developed the story, it became clearer how important this decision was for him and his health. Just a few days after he told me, there was a noticeable change in his demeanor. He went from slouching around his home to walking around with a pep in his step. Several days in a row, he very excitedly discussed the garden that he had grown at his house. “People don’t realize the value in self-sustainability anymore,” he told me while he showed off some of the tomatoes he had grown. “Lots of people don’t even bother with manual labor nowadays- for the longest time, I was one of them. Why would I grow my own food if I can just go down to the local Whole Foods and get what I need and move on with my day? But it’s really worthwhile- you can see the reward of the work that you put in. I think I really got into gardening during the stretch of losing seasons for that reason. I think it’s a really important skill to have. You know, I’ve tried for seasons now to get my team into gardening, but they all just think I’m crazy and wasting my time. And maybe they’re right, but at least I have some [expletive] tomatoes.” When he mentioned the players throughout the week, it became clear why the decision to resign took so long for him to make. He had developed a real connection with these players. Every year, Dream held a Thanksgiving dinner for players on the team who didn’t have the opportunity to go back to their families. As the years went on, more and more players attended the dinners, as for many of them, the team had become their family. Luke Trickett, the star quarterback for the Trojans, who will likely be selected in the NFL Draft this year, had a lot of praise for the culture that Coach Dream had established. “Coach really helped build a sense of fraternity on the team. With a lot of teams I had played on in this past, there were always guys who were looking out for their own self-interest. They weren’t sold on being a cohesive unit, they were sold on selling themselves the best that they could. You never saw that at USC. We looked after each other, we took care of each other when one of us went down. We weren’t just a team, we were a support system. Everything that we did helped shape me as a player, but did doubly so for shaping me as a person. He’s a big part of who I am today and I’m incredibly honored to have him in my life as a mentor and as a friend.” Dream began joking around more as we continued talking. He discussed what he thought of his legacy at USC, saying that he felt like he’d be remembered positively, but that he didn’t believe that he’ll be the most fondly remembered coach the program will ever have. “I’ve been talking a lot with the AD about the coaching search for finding my replacement,” he had told me, “and I really think the school will wind up in better shape after my departure. If I had stayed here for another year or two, I think things would’ve regressed. I wasn’t really feeling on top of things anymore and I feel like some of the guys had started to figure me out. I need a blank slate, a reboot. This resignation is going to be like a controlled burn- if you weren’t paying attention, you might be like ‘oh [expletive], there’s a fire. This can’t be good.’ But I really think this is going to have a positive outcome for all involved parties.” What happens next for Dream and the Trojans? Well, as for the Trojans, it has become clear that discussions are already underway to select the next head coach. There’s no doubt that the position will bring in some high-caliber candidates and it seems like the AD might just have the pick of the litter. And as for Coach Dream, there’s no telling what exactly he’ll be doing. He discussed his future a little bit with me. He talked about the health of his grandparents in Ohio, discussing a need to be closer to them so he can help look after them as their health deteriorates. But he is still interested in coaching, but he’ll need something less demanding than the LA lifestyle that became acquainted with over his time at USC. But wherever he goes, one factor will be an absolute necessity- having land for him to continue his garden.
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    Soluna

    2020 Champions

    Congratulations to everyone for completing the 2020 season, our 8th as a site. Congratulations especially to the following organizations for their championships. Of special note is that Penn State has successfully become the first team to defend a title on the site. 2020 CFBHC National Champion - Penn State Nittany Lions 2nd Title Coached by grv413 2020 NFLHC Super Bowl Winner - Green Bay Packers 1st Title Organization: inspiral
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    UBL

    [2020] CFBHC National Championship Game

    Congratulations to grv and the Nittany Lions! You guys were easily the best team in CFBHC this year and this championship is well earned. I'm sure you've made Soluna proud as you've established Penn State as the CFBHC dynasty. Needless to say, a national championship run was not remotely on my radar at the beginning of this season. An undefeated regular season was not on my radar. A 17 game unbeaten streak was not on my radar. The last three seasons for UCF have been average at best, going 8-4, 7-5, and 7-5 with bowl wins from 2017-2019. My main goal with this season was to make the AAC championship and a decent bowl so that this senior class would really have something to show for their talent and hard work, especially those continuing their careers in the league. I never imagined that in my entire career with this site that I would participate in a national championship, and while of course I wish the result had been different, I'm proud of what UCF has become over the last five seasons, and hope to continue that tradition of success that has been established here. Congrats again grv, be proud. (P.S. We're still forever going to claim the 2020 First Half National Championship Title, so we've got that going for us)
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    fever_ful

    OC Frank Reich

    OC Frank Reich $1,500,000 per year 1 Year
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    Broken, just so fucking broken.
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