NCAA Skiing on thin ice?

The Division I Competition Oversight Committee plans to take a closer look this fall at NCAA Championship sports that have 50 or fewer sponsoring schools which includes one of Denver’s signature sports: skiing.

The NCAA emphasized that the purpose of the review is to “enhance sustainability”  and “not to undermine or eliminate a championship or implement policies and procedures that could negatively impact the student-athlete experience.”

Still, given the NCAA’s reputation, one has to wonder if the landscape of many of the NCAA supported non-revenue producing sports may change.  Continue reading NCAA Skiing on thin ice?

Metro State running the road to new reputation as a valued Denver asset

Metro State, once short for Metropolitan State College of Denver, is the Denver city college that resides in the heart of the Mile High City. It’s long had a reputation around the city as a bargain education. But as part of an effort to rebrand and change its reputation, Metro State changed its name to the Metropolitan State University of Denver (remember the flap when their proposed renaming sounded a lot like the University of Denver) in 2012 and there are many other changes that have taken place at the large city college.

The old image of ‘Metro’ is changing. Continue reading Metro State running the road to new reputation as a valued Denver asset

Denver real estate continues to sizzle

Photo: Construction cranes dot the downtown Denver skyline

As we roll into the dog days of summer, the hottest thing in Denver is no longer the local college hockey team. It’s real estate. According to The Denver Business Journal, the only market hotter than Denver is Seattle. That’s according to California-based Veros Real Estate Solutions, which estimates that Denver-area homes will appreciate 10.3 percent over the next 12 months, behind only Seattle’s expected 11.1 percent appreciation. This follows years of double digit price growth for homes in the Denver area.  Continue reading Denver real estate continues to sizzle

Athletic basket weaving at North Carolina

Many of you may have read about the ongoing dispute between the NCAA and the University of North Carolina. The issue centers around softball college courses offered to athletes and other students to garner an easy ‘A’.

UNC’s argument against the NCAA is novel. First, the Tar Heels argue that the NCAA is overreaching its jurisdiction by checking on academic offerings by its member institutions. Secondly, the easy courses were taken by both athletes and ‘regular’ students as well.  Continue reading Athletic basket weaving at North Carolina

Denver hockey roster update: 2017-18 Pioneers poised to dominate once again

Photo credit: AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

If you thought that the University of Denver hockey team’s run to their eighth national title a few months ago was a wild ride, come this October, buckle up. The 2017-18 Pioneers might be even better than the 2017 National Champions. Crazy? Sure. Implausible? Absolutely not. Continue reading Denver hockey roster update: 2017-18 Pioneers poised to dominate once again

Denver can, should bring the beach to the Front Range

Title IX is starting to drive the growth of the Women’s volleyball – as well as the broad appeal of ‘the beach’ on college campuses. At DU, more than half the DI athletes are men, yet 54% of undergrads are female.

USC downed Pepperdine in Gulf Shores, Alabama to win this year’s NCAA women’s beach volleyball championship. UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, and UCLA are logical coastal participants in beach volleyball, but Missouri State, Eastern Kentucky University, and Houston Baptist have teams, too.

Why? Continue reading Denver can, should bring the beach to the Front Range

Expense figures show Denver Athletics gets huge ‘Bang for the Buck’

The University of Denver just completed an incredible 2016-2017 athletic year with the men finishing #4 and the women at #53 in the Capital One Cup for overall athletic department success. Plus, DU secured the Division I-AAA Directors’ Cup for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons as the nation’s best athletic department without football. Incredible feats for a school Denver’s size but even more unexpected when you look at DU’s athletic department expenses and revenue.

Denver has one revenue producing sport, hockey.  Denver’s two other top programs, men’s lacrosse and women’s gymnastics, produce reasonable sources of revenue, but they barely move the needle at University & Buchtel. EADA reports that Denver earned $23 million in annual revenue and $9.6 million in student aid, both of which fuel Denver’s huge bang for the buck. Continue reading Expense figures show Denver Athletics gets huge ‘Bang for the Buck’

Standing pat may not be viable in volatile Summit

Cartoon: From The Atlantic, Steven Breen (Altered)

It seemed innocent enough – IUPUI announced their departure to the Horizon League. While the notice period was alarmingly short, the Summit League was adding a new team, North Dakota, in 2018.

Not a big deal.

However, weeks before the IUPUI announcement, the University of Nebraska – Omaha hosted the Missouri Valley Conference membership committee on a campus tour. And the word was out that the Horizon League had plans to add as many as four new teams to their conference. Their target? The Summit League. Continue reading Standing pat may not be viable in volatile Summit

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