The Pirates opponent in the NCAA Division III playoffs is St. John's. The best football-playing St. John's in the nation.
It's also coached by the winningest college coach of all-time, John Gagliardi, who has coached in college football for 58 years. John Blanchette profiled Gagliardi in today's column.
Of Gagliardi's more than 400 victories, one came against Whitworth pack in 1975. John also has a story on how the Johnnies came to play in Spokane that year. It's a fun read.