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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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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.

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. d3photography.com photos by Caleb Williams, Doug Sasse, Tom Nettleton, d3photography.com file.

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ATN Podcast 268: Early picks, late picks pave road to Stagg

There were picks early in the game in Allentown, and late in the game in Whitewater, as North Central and UW-Whitewater booked their tickets to Shenandoah by winning their national semifinals and advancing to Stagg Bowl XLVII.

We’ll still have purple in the Stagg Bowl. And no, we won’t get the shootout-style matchup of the two top quarterbacks in Division III, but we got to see Max Meylor have a breakout game on ESPN3 on Saturday afternoon. Was the running a surprise to him? Yes and no — he’ll tell you more in this podcast.

How did UW-Whitewater get to St. John’s quarterback Jackson Erdmann? The same way they do every time. Warhawks coach Kevin Bullis describes how the defensive philosophy of pressuring the quarterback has changed since he took over as head coach. (Hint: It hasn’t.) And Wojciech Gasienica talks about his game-winning field goal, and we tell you how to pronounce his name.

North Central was asked if they have ever come up against anyone that can match their team speed. (Yes — there’s a list.) How hard it is to defend that speed? Yeah … it’s hard.

Pat and Keith were each at a semifinal and get you caught up on all the goings-on. Plus, we’ll talk about what is coming up on D3football.com this week. That and more in Podcast 268.

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. d3photography.com photos by Caleb Williams, Doug Sasse, Tom Nettleton, d3photography.com file.