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ATN Podcast 354: What does this new math mean?

Hey, we get it — you don’t like to think about math during the summer. If you’re taking a class during the summer, it’s probably not math-related, rather some elective. But unfortunately, the math is now going to be just as important in Division III football as it was in the BCS days in Division I.

We know. That’s not encouraging. And maybe we can’t be encouraging about it, at least not the way it’s currently set up, but we can sure as heck talk about it and try to explain about it. That’s why we’ve brought back in our math correspondent, Logan Hansen of @loghanratings, to talk about what the new NPI — the NCAA Power Index — the new math — means for the Division III football playoffs and selection format. We’ll talk about how many years the NCAA folks tested this formula on, and we’ll talk about how many they should have tested it on, and what Logan found when he went back further.

We also talk with Delaware Valley football coach Mike Isgro, a former Aggie player under Duke Greco and assistant coach under Greco who now goes on to replace him. We talk about the long conference winning streak, where the opportunities for improvement are for the Aggies and more.

And we also chat with Jessica Huntley, founding commissioner of the Atlantic East Conference. No, this isn’t another conference looking to take an automatic bid, but something even more interesting to talk about — the growth of women’s flag football and how much growth we might expect to see at the Division III level in the near future. It’s a great conversation about a way schools can look to help manage their enrollment as things get tight out there in higher education, and expand the country’s most popular sport in a new venue and new format.

Plus we take THREE mailbag questions, so make sure you stick around to hear them all, and talk about some of the latest coaching changes and conference shuffles.

The D3football.com podcast is a weekly in-season podcast by Patrick Coleman and Greg Thomas, which was started in 2007. New episodes are published monthly in the offseason.

 

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ATN Podcast 334: No less thrilling a week

This week didn’t feature five games between Top 25 teams, but as we’ve known for years in Division III football, that doesn’t make it any less thrilling.

Out of 116 games, you’re going to see a little bit of everything, such as a game where three touchdowns were scored in the final 60 seconds. A walk-off field goal for a Top 25 upset. A 0-3 team ranked in the Top 25 (first time for everything). Game balls handed out to players who did a little of everything, or who were the team’s go-to guy in the closing moments.

This edition of the podcast is sponsored by d3photography.com, the licensed photography bureau contracted by D3sports.com.

Last week we talked about the latest 6-foot-4, 245-pound running back — well, how about a 300-pounder taking a fake punt to the house? Plus, who’s getting it done in the 1, feeling blue in the 2, running free in the 3 and much more. We answer reader questions, put Pat and Greg on the spot and more in this podcast covering Division III football’s Week 3 games.

Plus, we mention every team listed in the tags at the bottom of the page.

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ATN Podcast 323: Down to a fantastic four

No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 12 are the four teams left in contention for a trip to Annapolis, Maryland, for Stagg Bowl XLIX. Mary Hardin-Baylor took down Bethel with a fourth-quarter surge, while Mount Union eased past Delaware Valley, North Central trounced Ithaca and Wartburg did the same to Aurora.

The key story at Wartburg? Just the mere fact that Nile McLaughlin was in the lineup at quarterback for the Knights. For Mary Hardin-Baylor, it was KJ Miller’s 65-yard touchdown catch and run. We’ll hear him talk a little about that. We hear from North Central’s Luke Lehnen and Mount Union’s Braxton Plunk as well after they quarterbacked their teams to victory.

Pat and Greg give out their game balls, one on offense and one on defense, and you can learn more about the status of the big postseason awards that are coming in the next week, plus find out which players were on Pat and Greg’s Gagliardi Trophy ballot.

This edition of the podcast is sponsored by the hosts of Stagg Bowl XLIX, and we look forward to seeing all of you in Annapolis, Maryland, for the Division III football championship game on Dec. 16.

Plus, the end of the season at Bethel and Delaware Valley also marks the end of careers for key players in this run. The end of the 2022 football season for the Royals leaves coach Steve Johnson feeling a little emotional, and Delaware Valley defensive back Blaine Netterman talks about having played with the Nobile brothers since sophomore year of high school, and the future of the Del Val program.

Plus, what’s the difference between rebuilding and reloading? How do those elite teams remain at that level?

Pat Coleman 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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