2009 Around the Nation columns

January 26, 2010 ATN's final take on 2009: Top moments, picks Whether the last game you watched was the Stagg Bowl, or your favorite team’s final game in mid-November, the Division III football season’s been over for weeks. But if you find yourself craving three-point stances, tackles and touchdowns between now and the start of spring practice, Around the Nation provides the next best thing to an actual game.

October 29, 2009 A decade of your memories As part of Around the Nation's season-long recognition of D3football.com's 10th anniversary, readers were asked to send their favorite Division III football memories of the past 10 years.

October 22, 2009 Why don't we have an All-Star Game? While we often praise Division III’s efficiency in including 32 teams in a mostly fair five-week competition to decide a champion, there’s a gaping void when it comes to an event that gathers some of our finest student-athletes and gives them one last chance to crack helmets/strap on the shoulder pads for the fans.

October 15, 2009 There's life after losses It's hard to believe that a certain playoff-free sect of the college football world still champions a system that allows a single blemish to virtually ruin a season.

October 8, 2009 A midseason look at the races All the travel and topic-based writing has made for quite an interesting first five weeks of Around the Nation this season. But that, and the looks back at the 10 years of D3football.com, have left little time for such ATN staples as evaluating conference races and analyzing top 25 polls.

October 1, 2009 How Tweet it is in Division III In recent seasons, there’s been a spike in Division III teams using offenses like the spread and defenses like the 4-2-5. But none of the changes on the field have evolved quite as quickly as the way we follow our teams when we’re off it.

September 17, 2009 Doing full-time work on a part-time basis After an energy-draining game on a Saturday, coaches will frequently say that they’ll look at the film Sunday and get back to work on Monday.

September 9, 2009 Why they're still coaching As Buffalo State’s Jerry Boyes confirmed last Saturday, it doesn’t get any easier when the legend you’re replacing is yourself.

September 2, 2009 It's OK to play for No. 3