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  1. 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.
  2. [Survey] Alumni Network

    Warren Wilson College, class of 2018 (we have no football team though so I'm not sure how relevant this is)
  3. [2020] Week 8 POTW

    This proves something that we knew all along: UBL is brainwashing Florida recruits into thinking they don't have access to oranges outside of the state. I hope there are sanctions incoming.
  4. [2020] Headlines Around the Pac-12: Week 2

    THE LUCK OF THE IRISH Notre Dame comes away with the victory, upsetting the #2 USC Trojans in OT Jabari Thorpe can't quite bring down Kaleil Keil before he finds the endzone. Keil torched the Trojans, gaining 160 yards on just 25 carries.
  5. [2020] Week #2 - Saturday Evening

    GG. Glad that we're able to make this an interesting rivalry. I'll be looking forward to playing you next year, hope it results a little differently too.
  6. [2020] Headlines Around the Pac-12: Week 1

    Tricked-Out Trickett! Luke Trickett's off-season workouts pay dividends in the Trojans 52-14 win over Colorado, with Trickett amassing 6 TDs and 390 total yards.
  7. [2020] Week #1 - Saturday Evening

    Couldn't hold off Latavious forever, he's too good to be held down for that long. GG
  8. USC's depth chart has been updated
  9. Spotlight Tuesday #2

    In CFBHC, my first quarterback was Will Thompson. When I first started the sim, I decided to make Thompson a workhorse, even though he was only a 4/4 and I had a 4.5/5 RB in Chester Henson. I don't really remember the decision making behind that, maybe it was something to do with the defenses I was going up against. But Thompson played fantastically in the teams first game. Going up against #9 Michigan, the Trojans fell behind 21-7 nearing the end of the first half. On the final play in the half, Thompson connected with Champ Whitaker for an 82-yard TD to bring the game back within a TD. The Trojans ended up beating the Wolverines 37-34 in OT and Thompson went 25 of 37 for 314 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT. However, whenever I stuck with the same workload for Thompson the next week, things went south very quickly. We were the #3 team in the nation, going up against an unranked Georgia Tech team that wound up finishing the season with a 5-7 record. Yet, we wound up losing the game 23-10. Chester Henson only had 11 carries the entire game and was limited to 45 yards, a feat that would never be repeated that season. Thompson threw the ball 49 times, connecting with a receiver only on 23 of those attempts, for only 160 yards. He threw only one touchdown and threw two interceptions. The next week, Chester Henson ran the ball 23 times for 301 yards and would have ran for more, but was taken out in the first half to converse energy (or at least, I assume that's what happened). Will Thompson taught me the value of two things in the sim: the value of a balanced offense and the value of Chester Henson. In NFLHC, my first quarterback was Brian Vardell. When I drafted Brian Vardell, I was attempting to use those values that I had garnered from Will Thompson and apply them to the Minnesota Vikings. I knew the need for a balanced offense and I knew the value of Chester Henson. So, when Chester Henson was still available at my pick in the first round, I knew I had to take him. Vardell was truly a wild card, at least, he was to me. In all honesty, Vardell was a panic pick. I knew I needed a quarterback if I wanted to succeed. When quarterbacks Greg Bierria and Darren Werner went off the board a few picks before me, quarterbacks that I had a higher rating on then Vardell, I knew I needed to take a quarterback soon. I scoured the list of available players to see who the best QB still available was and it happened to be Brian Vardell. I hadn't really analyzed his stats, I was just planning on being an owner, but my GM and HC had both went AWOL, which led to me hiring alwl9 right before the draft, even though he had no experience whatsoever. So, I guessed on a QB, but took who I knew to be a bonafide superstar in Chester Henson and I hoped for the best with my rookie head coach leading the way. Vardell proved himself from the very beginning to be one of the greatest picks in that draft, providing the offense with just the right amount of balance to keep defenses on their heels and to lead the Vikings to victory. While Vardell had his ups and downs throughout the season, and Henson didn't always dominate as much as we wanted him to, we found ourselves in the Super Bowl, which was a great surprise to me and alwl9. And on the night of the big game, I sat in my bedroom, listening as Dean sat in his bed reading off the script that foretold the Vikings winning the Super Bowl, while he simultaneously forgot to do his dishes. And I never could have done any of those things without the help of Will Thompson and his 2 interceptions against Georgia Tech.
  10. Event #13: PFF Most Drops of 2019

    There's a reason we added two receivers to our roster in the offseason and now have Harrington as our number 4 receiver
  11. Meme Mafia Game Thread [Day 5]

    Yeah, I agree, he definitely was killed by a word bomb. It's possible that ajyoungmark had something to do with it as he asked the question that led to GK getting wordbombed (I think), but it's really hard to tell based off of that alone
  12. Meme Mafia Game Thread [Day 5]

    Alright, so before he died GK mentioned that "all my decisions lie with Lucas" and then when he tried to lynch Lucas, he suddenly died. So, this is all a little suspect on Lucas's behalf and I feel like if GK had to make decisions based off of what Lucas said and GK's role got changed at some point to the follower, it makes things seem like Lucas did it. However, and I may be overthinking this, but if GK had to follow the orders of Lucas, it seems like he was doing a terrible job, as he tried to lynch him. So, I'm not entirely convinced that Lucas is a member of the mafia or a third party, but it seems fairly likely that something is going on there. Also, I think it is fair to assume that there might be some correlation between the holes in the houses and becoming a follower for a third faction. Therefore, if we cannot decide on anything else, it seems like it would make sense that Dean would also be a follower and we could at least knock him out before we figure out who is actually converting them and leaving holes in their houses.
  13. Draft Drinking Game

    R u calling my mom a broad m8?
  14. Fun Fact: This is the third time that the Trojans have finished the year as the 6th best team in the nation. The other times the Trojans have finished at #6 were back in 2013 after beating Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl and in 2015, where the Trojans ended the season in losing a nailbiter to Penn State in the playoffs after beating Texas Tech in the first round.
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