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ATN Podcast 194: Beating the odds

At the end of an April with a lot of Division III football news, we’re hoping for some even bigger news — an NFL draft pick. Those don’t come every year in D-III, but Wesley offensive lineman Matthew Gono is a prime candidate and we sit down with him to hear about the prospect process and his Draft Day plans on the D3football.com Around the Nation Podcast. 

Franklin & Marshall is trying to buck the trend as well, as the Diplomats have their sights on knocking off Johns Hopkins in the Centennial. The Dips have a new stadium at their disposal as well, and coach John Troxell talks about the process that went into Shadek Stadium and how important a previous coach’s players was in making that happen. But Occidental has the biggest odds to overcome, it seems, with the Tigers trying to rally after playing three games last season and essentially getting a $280,000 fundraising tab it has to pay up from its administration. 

Plus, there’s the two pieces of big news involving Mary Hardin-Baylor, one of which also involves Mount Union. Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan talk about the NCAA violation UMHB reported, plus the impact a new QB will have on the Cru. Will more schools jump to the NAIA? That and more on the April 2018 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 192: Back for a second year

When you first become a head coach, there’s a flurry of things to do, a bunch of things to learn, and not always enough time to do it or enough people to lean on to get it done. Only after that first season might a coach then have time to step back, re-evaluate, and consider what they might want to do differently. 

On this edition of the D3football.com Around the Nation podcast, we’re talking with three head coaches who are now through that first year and ready to re-evaluate. We chat with Dan Swanstrom of Ithaca, Matt Moore of Northwestern (Minn.) and Jim Hilvert of Baldwin Wallace about their experiences, what they learned and what they might expect of their team in 2018.  Plus, Pat and Keith have the latest on two stories that saw Division III football players from prominent programs in court last fall, and look at the crazy barnstorming schedule that one program will undertake this fall.

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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Bonus content/February preview
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ATN Podcast 191: Breakout teams, big stage

January might not seem like a busy month in Division III football, but Division III was represented on the big stage, both at the Sugar Bowl and the Senior Bowl, while the offseason got a bit of a late start for teams that advanced in the playoffs.

To wrap up January, we talked with Wooster offensive lineman Patrick Mohorcic, the captain of the AFCA’s Good Works team, about his work combating violence against women, Wooster’s challenging season and more. Brockport coach Jason Mangone reflects on his team’s run to the national semifinals, getting a late start on recruiting and the fate of his playoff beard. And Berry coach Tony Kunczewski talks about his team’s run to the playoffs, building a program in a part of the country where Division III isn’t well known, and how being on the national committee shapes his understanding of the playoff picture.

Plus, there’s a piece of breaking news in this podcast, as one senior who has a fifth year of eligibility is identified and announced. And since there’s a football game this upcoming week, nobody was allowed to get out of the podcast without giving a prediction for Super Bowl LII.

This is a long podcast. Perhaps you need to set aside a few extra minutes to listen. But we would appreciate it. As would our guests. 

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. 
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