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Long Live the ConFLiCT

Some say the rivalry is dead. We say it’s just getting started.

(John Raoux / Associated Press)

On June 1st, 2015, football innovator Bob Diaco invented the historic rivalry that would simply become known as the ConFLiCT.

That October, the Huskies trounced UCF in Orlando and hoisted the trophy for all the world to see. Mission accomplished.

But UCF did not reciprocate Bob’s enthusiasm for this rivalry. Many believe the rivalry died the following year, when new UCF coach Scott Frost defeated the Huskies at Rentschler Field and left the trophy out on the sidelines, his team refusing to accept it, even though they had just evened up the all-time series.

Frost would eventually lead the Knights to a national championship in the 2017 season and depart, conveniently leaving the storied legacy of the ConFLiCT behind...

“Maybe the Knights’ lack of respect towards the trophy can be turned into a crucial chapter in the history of the Civil Conflict. Probably not, though.”

- Deadspin

Maybe it can, Deadspin. Maybe it can. The fans certainly have not forgotten...

What Frost and new head coach Josh Heupel may not know is that IT IS ON, BROTHERRRRR.

In order to keep the spirit going for this huge game against the reigning national champs, we’re dropping some merch.

The following designs are now available to you in t-shirts, aprons, mugs, and more. Rejoice.

(Artwork by @BPenfieldJ)

There are three ways to buy:

Option 1:

Purchase right now, pick it up at Rentschler Field on Thursday, August 31st

Option 2:

Purchase right now, have it shipped to your home

For Options 1 and 2, you may proceed below. Just tell us which design and what size you want in the notes. We are closing sales for this method on Friday, August 10th to make sure the shirts arrive in time for the season opener on Thursday, August 30th.

If you want just one shirt type use the dropdown menu, if you want multiple just pick one and mention it in the notes

Pick a delivery method
Pick a shirt type
Notes: (Which shirts, sizes)

We also have a third ironic design available, by pre-order (Options 1 and 2 above) only ...

Option 3:

If you want to reverse the colors, or would also like a mousepad, coffee mug, or fanny pack with one of these designs, that is available to you HERE. You’ll get 15% off if you order by August 14th!

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