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ATN podcast 267: The semifinals are here!

We have two great games to be played on Saturday, with four teams who have never been to Shenandoah, with no players who have ever played in the Stagg Bowl, and with one program guaranteed to play for the Division III football title for the first time.

And that fresh new Stagg Bowl feeling is still out there.

On this edition of the podcast, we hear from players for all four teams: UW-Whitewater quarterback Max Meylor, St. John’s defensive lineman Richard Carriveau, North Central quarterback Broc Rutter and Muhlenberg linebacker Mickey Kober and defensive lineman Frank Lucchesi. Plus, Pat and Keith talk about the retirement of Wheaton coach Mike Swider, the Gagliardi Trophy finalists, and what you’ll see on TV when ESPN3 comes to town for the national semifinals. All that and more is covered in Podcast 267.

Special thanks to In the Huddle, whose interviews we’ve excerpted in this edition. You can find the full-length versions at In the Huddle on Facebook.

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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ATN podcast 266: On to the final four

Muhlenberg shuts down Salisbury, UW-Whitewater runs past Mary Hardin-Baylor, North Central avoids a letdown against Delaware Valley and St. John’s survives a crazy ending at Wheaton.

That’s the one-sentence version, but Keith saw the Muhlenberg defense up close, and spoilers, he thinks they are the most balanced team remaining in this playoff. Does Pat agree? Whitewater controlled the clock and just made sure the UMHB offense never even got on the field. And which postgame news conference did Pat’s name get dropped in? (Hint: It was at a game he wasn’t at.)

And then there was the game of the day, with St. John’s winning in the craziest of circumstances. What was the reaction on the sidelines? And where do these teams go next?

On this edition of the podcast, we hear from coaches and/or players at all four of those games — we bring you the people who called the plays and made the plays. Plus, Pat and Keith hand out their game balls and wonder what the offseason will bring after a devastating end to the season for Wheaton and Mary Hardin-Baylor. All that and more is covered in Podcast 266.

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.

Hit play, or subscribe to get this podcast on your mobile device.

Full episode:

You can subscribe to the Around the Nation Podcast in Apple Podcasts, and many other places. You can also get this and any of our future Around the Nation podcasts automatically by subscribing to this RSS feed: http://www.d3blogs.com/d3football/?feed=podcast

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Theme music: DJmentos. Photo by Daryl Tessmann for d3photography.com.

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ATN Podcast 265: A new-look quarterfinals

We’re on to the third round of the playoffs, and it’s a round that looks a little less purple, a little more wide-open, and has a lot less for people to complain about.

Will any of the games be close? Can’t say we know that for sure, but one thing we do know is that we have No. 2 through No. 9 in our Top 25 still playing, and that makes things fun.

On this edition of the podcast, we chat with Delaware Valley head coach Duke Greco. He’s taking his team to face the darlings of the second round, North Central, in suburban Chicago. How has this team progressed since struggling to put points on the board in September against Wesley? Who are these guys up front wreaking havoc on defense for the Aggies? We talk about all that and more.

We go around the bracket and preview all four quarterfinal matchups. Who will score enough points in Texas? Do the Thunder have the firepower to outlast the Johnnies? Can the Delaware Valley defensive front keep Broc Rutter from finding the open receiver? How will Muhlenberg do defending the Salisbury option? Plus, Keith predicts who the top rusher and passer will be on Saturday and Pat ranks the defenses and offenses from least outstanding to outstanding. All that and more is covered in Podcast 265.

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.

Hit play, or subscribe to get this podcast on your mobile device.

Full episode:

You can subscribe to the Around the Nation Podcast in Apple Podcasts, and many other places. You can also get this and any of our future Around the Nation podcasts automatically by subscribing to this RSS feed: http://www.d3blogs.com/d3football/?feed=podcast

Here’s how to find us on some of the major podcasting apps:

Theme music: DJmentos. Photo by Steve Frommell, d3photography.com; Dan Poel, Ohiosi.com; Salisbury athletics.