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The daily dish on Division III football.

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The daily dish on Division III football.

    ATN Podcast 274: Who knows what’s next?

    ATN Podcast 274: Who knows what’s next?

    Will we see games this fall, or spring? Did D-III players miss out on their NFL chances because of the pandemic? Will all of our schools even open this fall? How does one coach on Zoom? All this and more discussed in the latest podcast. Guests: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps coach Kyle Sweeney, Huntingdon coach Mike Turk and D-III expert and higher ed consultant Chris Pesotski.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    ATN Podcast 273: A silent spring

    ATN Podcast 273: A silent spring

    The fields will stand empty this spring, as college campuses across the country are devoid of student and athlete alike. The Division III football spring practice will be even more non-existent than usual.
    Dozens of new coaches won't get to see their teams in action, even if that action had been without helmets and pads. Hundreds of quarterback hopefuls won't get to show off their skills in an organized setting.
    And yet, all this pales to the threat each and every Division III coach, player and fan, across all sports, faces from the COVID-19 virus -- a virus that even helped bring a school to close its doors permanently, with perhaps more to come. In this edition of the podcast, Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan talk with three coaches who are all helping their student-athletes face likely the most significant adversity of their lives.
    That starts with MacMurray coach Chris Douglas, whose entire team and school was disbanded out from under him last week. He talked with us less than 24 hours after the new broke, to talk about how he and the school were helping his student-athletes and what plans they might have for continuing to play in 2020, for different programs.
    We also talked with Jeff Thorne of national champion North Central. His spring practice would have been spent helping figure out who would take the quarterback reins from D3football.com Offensive Player of the Year Broc Rutter. Instead, it is spent sheltering at home, meeting with players online and looking for innovative ways to upgrade the Cardinals' X's and O's. And we also talked with FDU-Florham coach Jimmy Robertson, who just took over the program six short weeks ago -- or maybe it seems like longer than that. His vision for turning the Devils around starts with a plan, one which the team will have to start by working out at home.
    Pat and Keith discuss that and more in Podcast 273.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    ATN Podcast 272: D-III’s road to the NFL

    ATN Podcast 272: D-III’s road to the NFL

    Keith starts off this podcast by saying, "I think we are sitting on the best offseason podcast in Around the Nation history." And if you care about Division III players in the NFL, or headed to the NFL, or Division III teams playing in NFL stadiums, you are in the right place.
    We are all about the road to the NFL in this podcast. We start with an enlightening interview with Tampa Bay Bucs offensive lineman Ali Marpet, who is entering his sixth year in the league. He talks about his road into the league, whether he has ever shaken the "D3" label and some of the other Division III alumni he has played with for the Bucs.
    Marpet also talks about one current D-III alumnus looking to follow a similar path, St. John's tackle Ben Bartch. Bartch was not available for this podcast, but we talk with Marpet as well as Bartch's coach, Gary Fasching. He talks about Bartch's experience at the Senior Bowl. Did you think the Johnnies would never move a home game off campus? You're not alone, and Fasching talks about how the final Johnnie-Tommie game ended up going to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Plus, who will play quarterback for the Johnnies in 2020?
    We are also joined by a player who also has NFL potential, but didn't make the cut for the Combine. Berry wide receiver Mason Kinsey has the drive in him to make noise on draft day, however -- he'll tell us about what he had to do in order to get a chance to run the 40 for scouts. Plus, we'll get a pretty detailed look at what Kinsey's schedule was at the Shrine Bowl, as well as how he is preparing for the draft.
    Pat and Keith discuss that and more in Podcast 272, plus the latest coaching hirings and some of the interesting non-conference games which are new to the 2020 schedule.
    Pat and Keith talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation between Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan and guests covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    ATN Podcast 271: The post-Kehres world

    ATN Podcast 271: The post-Kehres world

    The announcements of the departure of Vince Kehres and Larry Kehres from the Mount Union football program and athletic department are easily the most impactful news stories of the young 2020 season. And depending on how the season ends, those twin departures may well be the most impactful news story of the entire year.
    Who might replace Vince Kehres as head coach? Pat and Keith are joined by Adam Turer, and they look at some of the possible names -- Mount Union alumni who could well be the next Purple Raider head coach. Plus, we'll also talk about what sort of Purple Raider program that person will inherit.
    In addition, we start our offseason podcasts as we always do, with long-form interviews of Division III coaches. This month, we caught up with Aaron Keen, the new head coach of Washington University in St. Louis -- literally on his first day on the job in mid-January. What is on the to-do list for the man replacing another LK -- Larry Kindbom? Plus, what did he forget to do on Day 1? And why would a man who could be an offensive coordinator in a power conference, or perhaps a Group of Five head coach, want to come back to Division III? We hear his take.
    We also chat with McMurry head coach Jordan Neal. He enters his second year with the program, one which can seemingly only go up after an 0-10 finish in 2019. We talk with Neal about his career on the opposite side of town, as a quarterback at Hardin-Simmons, plus his time as an assistant coach and how he found all of the people who are now on his staff. And then, how do the War Hawks get the program turned around?
    And we take your questions: If we could wave a magic wand, where would we put the Stagg Bowl? Who will be the next coach at Wheaton? And who won the decade?
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    ATN Podcast 270: Crowning a new champion

    ATN Podcast 270: Crowning a new champion

    In other Division III sports, we often get to see schools experience the national championship event for the first time, and often get to see them come away a winner. In football, however, we haven't had too much of that. Mount Union, UW-Whitewater and Mary Hardin-Baylor have combined to win the previous 14 Stagg Bowls. 
    But on Friday night in Shenandoah, Texas, we got something new, something decidedly less purple, as North Central brought a new program to the Stagg Bowl, with new back stories and histories. And the Cardinals came away emphatically as champions, defeating UW-Whitewater 41-14. 
    In this podcast, Pat, Keith, Frank Rossi and Greg Thomas wrap up the game and wrap up the season. You can hear the debate and how we arrived at giving our three year-end awards to members of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Plus, you'll hear the emotion in a proud dad's voice, a son who wanted to get his dad to hold the trophy, and a most outstanding player who tried to give his trophy away.
    Plus, who should be No. 2? UW-Whitewater? Mount Union? Wheaton? Pat and Keith and Frank and Greg discuss that and more in Podcast 270. It's the final podcast of 2019.
    This edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast is sponsored by Gotta Have It: 3D Fan Foam Wall Signs for the D-III fan in your life.
    Pat and Keith talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation between Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan and guests covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 52 min
    ATN Podcast 269: The finishing touches

    ATN Podcast 269: The finishing touches

    This was the scene on Thursday afternoon as they were still painting the end zones in advance of Friday night's Stagg Bowl. Pat and Keith are here to get you ready for the game as well, and they're joined by Frank Rossi and Greg Thomas to get you an around-the-horn style view of what to expect from North Central and UW-Whitewater.
    Plus, we'll hear from Whitewater guard Quinn Meinerz and North Central linebacker Brian Beauchamp about their thoughts on their team's season so far, and what they'll be up against on Friday night.
    Will Andrew Kamienski get to 2,000 yards receiving for the season? Will Broc Rutter break the all-time Division III passing career mark? (It's within reach.) Will the vaunted UW-Whitewater defense keep Ethan Greenfield under 75 yards rushing? How many passes will Max Meylor throw? 
    How do Jeff Thorne and Kevin Bullis, each a head coach in the Stagg Bowl for the first time, handle the spotlight? And what do we have to look forward to on Friday? (For example, will any fans show up?)
    Pat and Keith and Frank and Greg have that and more in Podcast 269.
    This edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast is sponsored by Gotta Have It: 3D Fan Foam Wall Signs for the D-III fan in your life.
    Pat and Keith talk about it all in the latest D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. The D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation between Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan and guests covering the wide range of Division III football.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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88 Ratings

88 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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