Elmhurst College (D-III - IL) had one of the most memorable seasons in the program's history this past season.
Not only did they finish the regular season with just one loss in the super competitive CCIW and make it to the second round of the playoffs before losing by seven to St. Thomas, but running back Scottie Williams also won the Gagliardi trophy and ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game. Both huge steps for the Elmhurst program.
Other programs noticed that success, and two coaches had the opportunity to move on to the Division I level this off season. Head coach Tim Lester took the quarterbacks job at Syracuse, and offensive line coach Ron Tyner is now the offensive line coach at Bryant (FCS).
With defensive coordinator Joe Adam taking over as head coach, the bar is looking to be raised yet again this season. A D-III school losing two assistants to the Division I level is rare, but Adam and his staff believe that they have something special at Elmhurst, and if they can stay on top of the CCIW and enter the playoffs battle tested, good things are bound to happen.
Here's a quick look at their special 2012 season, where they ask recruits how far they can help them raise the bar. The video is basic and the message is clear.