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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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Bonus content: Check out Hoopsville’s interview with Brad Bankston about regional realignment, starting at 25:00

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Theme music: DJmentos. Mason Kinsey (d3photography.com photo), Ali Marpet (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports), Ben Bartch (Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports)

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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?

Pat and Keith discuss that and more in Podcast 271. It’s the first podcast of 2020.

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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Theme music: DJmentos. d3photography.com photos by Ryan Coleman (Larry Kehres), Robert B. Forbes (Vince Kehres); McMurry athletics; Eastern Michigan athletics.

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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.

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

Full episode:

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Theme music: DJmentos. d3photography.com photos by Caleb Williams, Doug Sasse, Tom Nettleton, d3photography.com file.