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Top Flight D 2 / D 3 Football Programs

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Boom_70, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    A family friend asked me for some ideas for top D 2/D 3 football programs for his son. The kid is a good player with decent size ( 6'3" 230) and average student.

    For those of you that cover that level what are some programs that you have come across where you are impressed by program / HC?
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater for D-III.

    This may help:

  3. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Northwest Missouri State has played in about 100 DII championship games. Carson-Newman is also a good program.
  4. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Just based on winning tradition, the Gulf South Conference has a bunch of strong programs. Valdosta State, North Alabama and Delta State are among the perennially strong teams. Valdosta State won the national title last season.
    Carson-Newman and Northwest Missouri State have also won a bunch. Northwest Missouri State went to five straight championship games at one point.
    No idea what most of their current coaching situations are. I know Delta State is on its third in three or four years, but it's still a solid program overall. Great baseball team, too, and the basketball program has had its moments. Good athletic program there and a decent academic reputation too.
  5. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    I can't believe I'm beating Apeman to this, but Pittsburg (Kan.) State is the winningest program in D-II history and has four national titles, the most recent in 2011. It's a big rivalry with Northwest Missouri. That game is at Arrowhead every year.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    St. John's of Minnesota has a long-storied program, but coach John Gagliardi just retired after 60-someodd years.
  7. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Oh, don't worry, Boom would have never suggested St. John's for the kid. ;)

    St. Thomas in Minnesota has become a power (runner-up last year) and their coach Caruso definitely recruits nationally.

    Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Wesley, Bethel, other longtime powers.

    thing with D3 of course is that many times the schools are extremely expensive and sometimes have tougher academic standards, so could be an issue depending on his grades (although the cost is the big thing).

    Some D2 ones: Minnesota-Duluth in Minnesota.

    Here's final D3 top 25 and a lot of these teams are there year after year.

  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    West Texas A&M is a D-II program, but it's a bigger one and the game-day atmosphere is Division I. They play in a 20,000-seat stadium and fill it regularly (when Texas Tech is out of town) and a lot of their games are on local TV.
  9. Bodie_Broadus

    Bodie_Broadus Active Member

    Pacific Lutheran has been a pretty solid program for a long time.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    The coaching staff also knows how to score some primo stuff.
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Real good ideas folks. Appreciate it.
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    What part of the country is your friend living in?

    Here's the final D3 poll from 2012: http://www.d3football.com/top25/2012/final

    Final D2 poll: http://www.d2football.com/top25poll/11/
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