D3 Football Spring Games Will Begin In February

By Matt Noonan

Get ready for some NCAA D-III football games this spring.

Bluffton University’s football team will compete a few times this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bluffton University Athletics)

As confirmed yesterday by our friends James Baker and Frank Rossi of In The (D3FB) Huddle, there will be some teams competing this spring – in fact, two games are currently slated to occur next month on Saturday, February 27, according to D3Football.com‘s scoreboard.

Bluffton University, which competed last October against Adrian College, is scheduled to compete in its first spring contest against Rose-Hulman while Mount Saint Joseph University will visit Manchester University. Both contests are scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. eastern.

Similar to Bluffton, Manchester also competed last fall – the Spartans dropped both contests to Trine University and Adrian College.

More games are expected to occur once the calendar flips from February to March, including the “Bronze Ball Game” between Manchester and Anderson University, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. eastern. The Spartans captured the previous meeting in 2019 by a score of 70-54, thanks to eight rushing touchdowns by Donovan Henderson, Jr.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Casey McGarvey (CGA) & James Baker (InThe HuddLLE)

Noontime Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Casey McGarvey (United States Coast Guard Academy Athletics) and James Baker (In The HuddLLe) highlighted today’s Noontime Sports the Podcast, which was hosted by Matt Noonan.

McGarvey, who is a sports information assistant/new media mogul at UGA, discussed the impact of social media on campus and how his office has explored new ways to tell stories about student-athletes and coaches, including blog posts, which can be seen on the academy’s athletic website. He also highlighted the football team’s final regular game against Merchant Marine Academy, which will be broadcasted by ESPN.

Baker, who was a frequent guest on the podcast last football season, shared his pre-season thoughts (and ideas) on the various New England teams to watch this fall, including Western New England, which secured a spot on this week’s D3Football.com Preseason Poll. The Golden Bears checked-in 24th out of 25 teams, while earning 100 points.

Entering this upcoming football season, Baker, along with co-host Frank Rossi, will be celebrating 10 years of D3 Football coverage. Their podcast has featured numerous student-athletes and coaches from the Liberty League, along with broadcasters and media members, too. They have also covered the NCAA Division III Football Tournament’s selection show, while interviewing the committee chair about postseason play.

Make sure to check-out past episodes of the In The HuddLLE by HOPPING HERE!

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Five (James Baker | In The HuddLLe)

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Tuesday evening, Matt Noonan was joined by James Baker – one of the co-hosts for ‘In The HuddLLe’ (yes, there is an extra ‘L’) to talk about the first week of the NCAA Division III Football season for the fifth episode of Noontime Sports The Podcast.

Baker, who co-hosts a weekly D3 Football podcast with Frank Rossi, provided his ‘two-cents’ on the various New England teams and conferences, including Framingham State, Endicott College, WPI, Springfield, Husson and various New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools.

Make sure to stay connected with Baker (and Rossi) throughout the entire season on Twitter (@ITHuddLLe) and check-out their week one/season preview podcast – HOP HERE.