From the small details to the big picture, you're bound to learn a ton about D-III football in Kickoff 2013. Here are the people who produced it, and our debt of gratitude to the fans who make it worth putting together.
John Gagliardi and Larry Kehres, college coaching legends, retired this offseason. Their replacements came from within, but as Pacific Lutheran's Scott Westering attests, following a legend isn't easy, even if you worked alongside him for years.
Kickoff predicts all sorts of things, including who we think will make the playoffs, if you look at each conference's prediction. But sleepers always emerge, and Keith McMillan will tell you who they are.
Every year we preview every team in Division III football. Who are the "X' factors and breakout players? What are the top position battles? Here's the bulk of Kickoff 2013: 244 pages previewing 244 teams.
Injuries and inexperience conspired to saddle UW-Whitewater with a 7-3 record last year, good for a lot of teams but an off year for one that had been to the seven previous Stagg Bowls. Coach Lance Leipold explains the road map back to "normal."
Once upon a time, schools competed with each other off the field in recruiting battles by upgrading weight rooms and workout facilities. Now it's video boards and stadiums. We take a look at two schools at different ends of the spectrum.
Illinois Wesleyan's season went south when Rob Gallik injured his knee late in the Wheaton game last year. The Titans have high hopes for this season, and they might rest on Gallik's head as much as his health.
St. John's, after John Gagliardi's retirement, was one of several MIAC schools to replace its head coach, adding a dash of intrigue to the race and placing Bethel's Steve Johnson and St. Thomas's Glenn Caruso among the conference elder statesmen.
After a 22-year stretch of stability under Joe King, RPI is now on its fifth head coach in 21 months, Ralph Isernia. That's given an odd but special bond to players recruited by King and heading into their senior seasons.