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The daily dish on Division III football.

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The daily dish on Division III football.

    ATN Podcast 282: Wesley memories

    ATN Podcast 282: Wesley memories

    At the time this episode drops, Wesley was scheduled to play one last time this upcoming weekend. It's not exactly a fitting end for a proud Division III football program, but in this 2020-21 season, it's the end we have.  
    The Wolverines were not always a Top 10 program. When Wesley joined the Division III ranks in the mid-1980s, they lost their first 25 games. Those struggles included a time where the team had to make a call: play a powerhouse team while suiting up only 27 players, or sit the week out. We've collected those memories and more of 30-plus years of Wesley football for this edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast. 
    Who did one player get way too hyped up to play? What did one 18-year-old young man do on his first long snap of his Wesley career? Who clocked a future NFL player out of bounds in a hyped-up matchup? And who got the big play to send the Wolverines to the playoffs for the first time?
    The following Wesley alumni and others associated with the Wesley football program sent in their memories for inclusion in this podcast: Milt Alexander, Norman Bauer, Jason Bowen, Nick Cipot, Shaun Clark, Eric Czerwinski, Calvin Griffin, Shawn Matthews, Chris Panter, Ken Pippin, Jason Schatz, Justin Sottilaire, Rick Vogel, Dante Walker, Matt Walker and Mike Ward. And special thanks to Chad Kragh, former athletic trainer at Wesley, for helping us reach so many of these alumni. 
    Plus, Pat and Greg look back on some of the great conference title games of the past few weeks, hand out game balls, and talk about all the games that haven't yet been postponed. All that and more in Podcast 282.
    Pat Coleman, Keith McMillan 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 20 min
    ATN Podcast 281: Could spring games lead to spring practice?

    ATN Podcast 281: Could spring games lead to spring practice?

    There is so much here to talk about as we are midway through March in Division III football, and one of the things that Division III football coaches are pointing to right now is how all of the old excuses given for why D-III can't have pads in practice in the spring are being proven wrong.
    They said it would be impossible to find field time, that athletic training staffs would be stretched too thin. Well, here we are having had coming up on 100 games in Division III this spring -- and we're not talking about asking for games: We're talkin' about practice.
    We're joined by three head coaches who each give their take on renewing the drive to add pads and helmets in the spring, as we hear from Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan, Lake Forest coach Jim Catanzaro and Whitworth coach Rod Sandberg. Plus, we talk with Berry coach Tony Kunczewski about his team's 4-0 spring, and with Trinity (Texas) coach Jerheme Urban about what his team accomplished with its spring football as well.
    But the best part of this podcast may well be our chance to catch up with former Berry defensive back Justus Edwards. You may remember his name because in 2018, he suffered a catastrophic spinal injury during the Vikings' game at Centre. He has continued to inspire his classmates and former teammates on the sidelines, and he was at the team's appearance at the SAA championship in Little Rock, Arkansas. We talked with him about the work he is doing to get stronger, plus the foundation he has started to help people who have suffered similar injuries and have nowhere to turn.
    Meanwhile, we talk about the big games from Week 6, hand out two weeks' worth of game balls, and bring back a well-known name to talk about Montez Archer and offer some advice to the Bluffton freshman who has intercepted six passes over the past two games.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    ATN Podcast 280: Return of game balls

    ATN Podcast 280: Return of game balls

    The first-ever February football in Division III is in the books, and Pat and Keith are here to hand out game balls and talk about the goings-on. Coaches were getting a bit of a breather in the fall, but those whose teams are playing now are making up for it. That's what we heard from our guest, Randolph-Macon coach Pedro Arruza. We also talk about what's next for Wesley, playing its final football season this fall. Plus we talk about the big performances of February and the great finishes.
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    • 59 min
    ATN Podcast 279: On the move

    ATN Podcast 279: On the move

    We are mere weeks away from getting games in this Division III football spring season, with nine games slated to go on Feb. 6. And one Division III prospect is getting his crack at the NFL this month as well. UW-Whitewater guard Quinn Meinerz, a D3football.com All-America pick in 2019, just found out he was getting an invite to the Senior Bowl, the same place that St. John's guard Ben Bartch got his big break in 2020 before getting drafted. Meinerz had to make the decision to pull out of whatever UW-Whitewater's spring season would be in order to do so, and he tells us about it, plus the unusual training regimen he had to go through at times to get to this point. Bridgewater coach Mike Clark is ready to take up fly fishing -- but not yet, as the longtime Eagles coach will be coaching one final season for Bridgewater this spring before retiring. Clark talks about what the spring season is going to require from coaches and players, what he did with his unforeseen free time this fall and Pat tells his favorite Mike Clark story. And we hear from one coach that is jumping right in to get a team ready for Week 1, as Jason Bachtel returns to his alma mater just days before practice starts at Howard Payne for a Feb. 6 opener. Plus, we take three listener questions. All that and more in Podcast 279.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    ATN Podcast 278: October’s classics

    ATN Podcast 278: October’s classics

    Four teams are playing games in October and all four were supposed to be playing within a few miles of each other last Saturday, Of course, Because Of The Pandemic, that didn't exactly happen. Bluffton is still planning to take the field this weekend for the first time, Trine finishes the fall at 2-0, Manchester got to open its new stadium and Adrian has a chance to finish 2-1. 
    Each of those four teams takes something different away from its October schedule but they all got a chance to get some work in, and play in the season they were intended to play in. Pat was at Manchester and at Trine and we talk with all four of these teams on the latest D3football.com podcast. Guests: Bluffton coach Aaron Krepps, Trine quarterback Alex Price and coach Troy Abbs, Adrian running back Steven Moses and coach Jim Deere and Manchester coach Nate Jensen.
    We discuss that and more in Podcast 278.
    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 7 min
    ATN Podcast 277: The teams left standing

    ATN Podcast 277: The teams left standing

    This eternal offseason is destined to continue, but even into mid-August, things move so quickly that conferences, and individual schools which had been sure they were going to play football games this fall, have turned out to be headed back to the sidelines.
    That leaves very few teams still in a position to play ball this fall, but we'll talk to two schools who just had their season dashed this week and one which is still on course.
    Adrian has 150 players on campus already and is looking to play up to its maximum five games, the number of games a team can play without using a year of its student-athletes' eligibility. And they might want to go beyond that. Bulldogs coach Jim Deere talks about who they'll play, who they are talking to, how they'll keep the players safe and how important sports is to the college.
    Simpson was among the schools that had its fall hopes dashed when the American Rivers Conference reversed course and changed its mind after previously saying their schools would play football in the fall. Storm coach Matt Jeter talked to us mere hours after the decision was announced and discusses the quick change, what happens to the student-athletes left in travel limbo, and how he might use his team's 114 permitted days of football over the next academic year.
    And we talk with Northwestern (Minn.), which had a five-game schedule lined up until every American Rivers Conference team slated to play had to drop off the schedule. The Eagles have to go back to watching from the sidelines as well, and coach Matt Moore talks to us about that process and more.
    We discuss that and more in Podcast 277.
    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 9 min

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91 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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