2001-05 Around the Nation columns

January 27, 2006 105 ways to remember 2005 As a new year begins and the 2005 football season begins to fade into the recesses of your memory and ours, perhaps just a few moments will stand out

November 16, 2005 Picking playoff surprises, disappointments Almost 200 of the teams that kicked off in September are done. But Division III finally got its 32-team bracket, which means no more first-round byes, as there were in the 28-team system from 1999-2004, among other things.

October 6, 2005 Two good games, one great trip After this weekend’s trip to see UW-Eau Claire play at UW-Whitewater, then North Central hosting Wheaton later that evening, I came to a few conclusions:

January 27, 2005 The best and worst of 2004 Fans of Division III football don’t need polls, ratings or crackpot formulas to determine the best team. That’s settled each December in the Stagg Bowl. But what about the best of everything else? Player? Coach? Game? That’s where we come in.

November 4, 2004 Ranking the conferences Got a friendly bet to settle? Perhaps you’re wondering why certain teams get so much respect in the polls. Maybe you could use a little help speculating which teams might earn Pool C bids, be favored in a playoff matchup or win inter-conference games between teams with similar records.

October 7, 2004 All not lost for over-70 club For just about every defensive player, there will come a day where you'll look up at the scoreboard late in some game and shake your head in disbelief.

September 8, 2004 Saturday was not Witt's end It wasn’t tide-turning. It didn’t put Division III football on its ear. But the margin of Capital’s 49-16 win against Wittenberg was surprising, to say the least.

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 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."

Keith McMillan

Keith McMilllan, who has been a columnist for D3football.com since 2000, has provided color commentary on D3football.com's national broadcasts of the Stagg Bowls. He played at Randolph-Macon in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for four years and covered it for two more.

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