2001-04 Around the Nation columns

January 6, 2004 The best and worst of 2003 While teams prepare for the great years in Division III football that lie ahead, we at D3football.com take a look back at 2003. The year began on Sept. 4 in Jackson, Miss., when Mississippi College beat Millsaps in a rivalry game, and ended in Salem with St. John’s Stagg Bowl victory over Mount Union on Dec. 20. Here are our most memorable moments from the entire season, around the nation.

October 9, 2003 Losing is never easy, no matter how Every Division III football player knows what it’s like to lose a game, even if the guys at Mount Union have to conjure up memories from their high school days.

October 2, 2003 When winning takes a back seat The field is often the site of a football coach’s greatest triumphs. Don Morel can tell you what it’s like when the field becomes the site of a coach’s worst nightmare. The unpleasant journey that UW-Eau Claire and the family of Justin Greenwood are beginning is one that Morel and the entire community at the University of La Verne have been on for nearly a year.

September 17, 2003 They really do like cheese A weekend stay with D3football.com in America’s Dairyland was first-class, so I thought I’d share with the nation what football is like in Menomonie and Eau Claire.

September 11, 2003 Season off to a fine start One of the best things about following Division III football is that there is almost always a new experience. There’s always a story you haven’t heard, a team you know little about, a place you’ve never been.

November 14, 2002 Stories behind storied rivalries A state school against a private school. A co-ed college versus an all-male institution. One college started with books taken from another. They're all pretext for some of Division III's most heated rivalries.

November 7, 2002 Ranking the conferences, top to bottom As the season winds down for some, and as we gear up for that second season known as the playoffs, Around the Nation has a few post-Halloween treats for you.

December 13, 2001 Trying to get past the clock I wanted to write about how great this Stagg Bowl is going to be. An intriguing matchup, a Virginia team in the game, a sold-out Salem Stadium and a prime-time ESPN2 slot… what could be better for Division III football?

September 13, 2001 Decisions to play won't satisfy everyone For a short time today, I wondered if I could write anything that hasn’t been said or written in the past few days. That has never happened before.

September 6, 2001 Going from doormat to contender At this time last year, Bridgewater was putting itself on the map with a 19-7 win against perennial Centennial Conference champion Western Maryland. On Saturday, the Eagles made sure they stayed firmly entrenched "on the map."

Ryan Tipps

Ryan is D3football.com's Senior Editor and begins as National Columnist in fall 2014. He was the Around the Mid-Atlantic Columnist from 2007 to 2011; has worked on all but one of the preseason Kickoff publications; has done game-day writing and photography and the pregame broadcast at the championship Stagg Bowl in Salem for almost a decade; and has taken photos at the Final Four for D3hoops.com. He's also on the selection staff for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award.

2001-2013 columnist: Keith McMillan.

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