This eternal offseason is destined to continue, but even into mid-August, things move so quickly that conferences, and individual schools which had been sure they were going to play football games this fall, have turned out to be headed back to the sidelines.
That leaves very few teams still in a position to play ball this fall, but we’ll talk to two schools who just had their season dashed this week and one which is still on course.
Adrian has 150 players on campus already and is looking to play up to its maximum five games, the number of games a team can play without using a year of its student-athletes’ eligibility. And they might want to go beyond that. Bulldogs coach Jim Deere talks about who they’ll play, who they are talking to, how they’ll keep the players safe and how important sports is to the college.
Simpson was among the schools that had its fall hopes dashed when the American Rivers Conference reversed course and changed its mind after previously saying their schools would play football in the fall. Storm coach Matt Jeter talked to us mere hours after the decision was announced and discusses the quick change, what happens to the student-athletes left in travel limbo, and how he might use his team’s 114 permitted days of football over the next academic year.
And we talk with Northwestern (Minn.), which had a five-game schedule lined up until every American Rivers Conference team slated to play had to drop off the schedule. The Eagles have to go back to watching from the sidelines as well, and coach Matt Moore talks to us about that process and more.
We discuss that and more in Podcast 277.
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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Related content: ATN Podcast 192, also with Northwestern coach Matt Moore
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