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The daily dish on Division III football.

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The daily dish on Division III football.

    ATN Podcast 303: New UMHB coach; scheduling big; SOS

    ATN Podcast 303: New UMHB coach; scheduling big; SOS

    We're continuing our offseason series diving into interviews with new coaches at Division III football powers, as we check in with Larry Harmon, the new head coach of the defending national champion, Mary Hardin-Baylor.
    Much like last month's guest, new North Central coach Brad Spencer, Harmon had been an assistant coach at his school for years, including defensive coordinator for the past 17. Harmon talks about what the expectations are for the Cru's title defense, the transition into taking over the UMHB program, and what the team learned from spring ball. Plus, UMHB made some of the biggest news of the Division III offseason in April, announcing an ambitious non-conference schedule of Muhlenberg and UW-Whitewater.
    Plus, three words: ASC-WIAC Challenge?! Sounds like it could happen.
    That leads us into the other podcast conversation, where we dive into exactly what strength of schedule means, why it's broken, and what it would take to fix it. We have that conversation with Logan Hansen, @LogHanRatings, the former Wartburg player whose ratings have been refined over the past decade to provide a quality ranking of Division III football programs.
    The current SOS metric could take a couple of minor tweaks to fix obvious flaws, and we talk about those, but it needs a wholesale replacement which involves measuring home-field advantage, and yes, margin of victory. Logan talks about how that works, why running up the score won't work, and much more in our conversation.
    Plus, Pat and Greg talk about the various big games on the schedules that have been announced so far.
    Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 1 hr
    ATN Podcast 302: Are the Purple Powers still at the top, plus, North Central’s new coach

    ATN Podcast 302: Are the Purple Powers still at the top, plus, North Central’s new coach

    Pat Coleman stopped by in Naperville, Illinois, on a recent Division III basketball road trip and checked in on new North Central coach Brad Spencer. Spencer had been in the job for six weeks, but had only just moved into the head coach office a day and a half earlier. He and Pat talk about Spencer's long relationship with North Central -- not just as an assistant coach, not just as a player, but ... as a bat boy? Plus, they talk about what makes the head coaching job different, what keeps him from getting his lunch eaten on a daily basis, getting to know the guys on the other side of the ball, etc.
    Also, Pat and Greg borrowed a couple of "big picture" type questions which come from D3boards.com message board posters MUC57. Are the Purple Powers still on top in Division III? Why is the WIAC so good? You know, that sort of thing. Great offseason conversation and fodder.
    Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    ATN Podcast 301: Vote coming on smaller conferences, pads in practice

    ATN Podcast 301: Vote coming on smaller conferences, pads in practice

    If it seems like there is always something important about Division III football being voted on at the NCAA convention, well, we think you’re probably correct. This year, there is a significant proposal that could limit using pads in practice during the fall, but add time with pads and helmets in the spring.
    This proposal is long and convoluted. Should it be broken up into smaller pieces and voted on individually? What does it even mean for Division III football teams and coaches.
    The second proposal is much shorter but could have much longer-ranging effects. If the proposal to reduce the number of teams needed for an automatic bid in Division III sports is changed from seven teams to six, there could be one at-large bid which disappears almost immediately, and we only have five to begin with. Pat Coleman talks about what the consequences could be for football. In addition, an expert panel talks about the reasonings behind the proposals and whether they will pass. That panel: Stevie Baker-Watson, the athletic director at DePauw; Brad Bankston, the commissioner of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference; Jason Fein, the athletic director at Bates and co-chair of the NCAA Division III management council; and Angel Mason, athletic director at Berry and Chair of the NCAA Financial Aid committee and the Division III Technology Committee.
    Pat Coleman and Dave McHugh, sitting in for Greg Thomas, talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.
    This podcast contains excerpts from a much longer Hoopsville podcast on D3hoops.com. To hear or see the full version, go to Hoopsville.
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    • 56 min
    ATN Podcast 300: Players of the Year

    ATN Podcast 300: Players of the Year

    It was great to have a 2021 Division III football season to have a podcast about, and since the 300th podcast fell right at the end of the season, we celebrate by bringing back an old favorite — longtime co-host Keith McMillan. Keith joins Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas, along with Frank Rossi to break down the end of the season and Stagg Bowl.
    Our final podcast of the season is always the time where we discuss the D3football.com Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. You may know who we chose, but how did we get there? And how did the huge win by Mary Hardin-Baylor affect the crew’s thoughts about their final Top 25 ballots?
    Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 36 min
    ATN Podcast 299: Welcome to Canton

    ATN Podcast 299: Welcome to Canton

    Oh, heck yeah -- we have one of those nice new Stagg Bowl venues with a nice new stadium smell. And no, we were never going to get 23,000 people to attend this game, but having it played in a big, professional stadium, next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame ... that's pretty special. The teams, North Central and Mary Hardin-Baylor, are veterans of the Stagg Bowl and are loose and ready to go. We'll hear a little of that from each coach. We'll also talk to Mary Hardin-Baylor quarterback Kyle King and linebackers Micah Hackett and Jacob Mueller, plus Andrew Kamienski and Jake Beesley from North Central. How do you prepare to defend Brandon Jordan? What do the UMHB players think of North Central running back Ethan Greenfield? How often does Kyle King audible out of a play in any given game? Plus, Greg Thomas puts Pat Coleman and guest host Frank Rossi on the spot with a few over-unders, such as, how many passes will Jordan catch? How many carries will Greenfield get? Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 48 min
    ATN Podcast 298: Breaking down the semifinals

    ATN Podcast 298: Breaking down the semifinals

    We get a new, never-before-seen matchup in the Stagg Bowl, and that's something to be excited about. In the latest edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast, Pat and Greg break down each of the semifinals, and North Central coach Jeff Thorne and Mary Hardin-Baylor coach Pete Fredenburg join us to do the same. 
    For North Central, the key performances came all over the field: from an offensive line missing two starters, from a freshman kicker called on to do the unlikely on a rainy and windy day, and of course from the dare-we-say future All-American running back and his quarterback, and the entire defense. We'll talk about each of those performances.
    For Mary Hardin-Baylor, of course, the biggest performance on offense was from the biggest man on the offense, Brandon Jordan. Plus the defense did more than enough to keep Alex Peete in check, and there are very few questions for UMHB. But we ask those questions anyway! 
    Plus, we talk about who the elite teams are in Division III football right now, and where does Mount Union rank among them after we've had two consecutive Stagg Bowls without the Purple Raiders for the first time since the early 1990s. And what the heck was up with the replay official in Whitewater on Saturday?
    Pat Coleman and Greg Thomas talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

jdbickle ,

Outstanding.

The best NCAA football podcast at any level. Pat & Keith know their stuff & when talking D3 that means over 200 football programs. As a former D3 Player, assistant coach & now a parent of a player, it means a lot to get the coverage that they give to the players, coaches and fans of NCAA D3 football. Thanks Pat & Keith.

kerekj15 ,

Very thorough and thoughtful analysis

Probably the only podcast I’ve found covering all of DIII football. And Pat and Keith do an excellent job trying to cover every game and provide thorough analysis, especially when it comes to the national picture. Really appreciate their interviews with coaches and players and with the NCAA bracket guy. A must listen for fans of any good DIII football team

Aldo Cella XVII ,

In-depth coverage of D3 football you won’t find anywhere else

Pat Coleman (founder of the D3sports series of websites) and Keith McMillan (former D3 player and general assignments editor for the Washington Post in his day job) know Division III football, the coaches, players, and rivalries better than any two people in the nation. These hour-long podcasts take you across the country and cover Division III football with insight, depth, and humor you can’t find anywhere else. HIGHLY recommended!

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