Fan sites offer D-II, D-III fans a way to stay involved
Originally Published: August 8, 2007By Chris Preston | Special to ESPN.com
What does it take to be successful at the Division II and III levels? In this four-part series, ESPN.com looks at the role of money, recruiting and fan sites at the lower levels.Brandon Misener faced a problem familiar to many a Web surfer in the mid-'90s: He was scouring the Internet in search of information and having little luck finding it. Long before "Googled" became an official verb and at a time when "blogs" easily could be confused with a moving Jell-O-like mass in a bad horror movie, Misener was having trouble locating Web sites devoted to his obsession: Division II college football. At the time a recent graduate of Division II football powerhouse Northwest Missouri State, Misener decided to cut short his fruitless search and start a Web site of his own. Soon, d2football.com was born. "It was a situation where I'd just graduated college, and I guess I was more Internet savvy than most," says Misener. "There was nothing there, so I figured it was put up or shut up. Something needed to be done."
What I do know is that our sites have become a gathering place for Division III fans to meet and mingle with fans from other schools. Fans of opposing teams now meet and tailgate together before heading to opposite sidelines at kickoff, having come to know each other on our message boards.
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