BREAKING: Karlton Creech named DU Athletic Director

Photo:Courtesy of Bangor Daily News

Karlton Creech, Director of Athletics at the University of Maine, has been named as the University of Denver’s new Vice-Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation. Creech will replace Peg Bradley-Doppes, who had already announced her impending retirement in June of 2018, after building the University of Denver into the top non-football athletic department in the nation in the 13 years since her arrival at DU in 2005. Continue reading BREAKING: Karlton Creech named DU Athletic Director

Denver Seniors Lead Pioneers Past Oral Roberts, 66-65

After losing to South Dakota State on February 8, Coach Rodney Billups made it clear that despite having lost two in a row, he felt good about the next four games and thought that Denver could win them all – they’re 3/4 of the way there after today’s 66-65 victory over Oral Roberts. It’s a game that gets Denver to 7-6 in the conference and keeps them in third place behind South Dakota State and South Dakota. It’s been an impressive streak and I asked Coach Billups how his confidence affected the run. “I hope that it’s infectious. We still practice hrd, we play hard, we try different lineups, and our guys believe in each other, which is great to see. But it’s one thing when I’m playing and another when I’m coaching. I hope my atittude and energy help them win games.”

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Alex Leclerc pitches shutout as Denver’s unbeaten streak against Colorado College ends

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A night after scoring five goals on one of the most talented goalies in the country, the #2 University of Denver Pioneers couldn’t get a marker past the Colorado College Tigers’ goaltender, Alex Leclerc despite sending 40 shots at him. The Tigers were only able to score once on Denver’s own stalwart goalie Tanner Jaillet, but it was enough and Denver’s unbeaten streak against CC ended at 17 games. Continue reading Alex Leclerc pitches shutout as Denver’s unbeaten streak against Colorado College ends

Pioneers outclass Tigers in Colorado Springs en route to fourth straight Gold Pan

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The #2 University of Denver Pioneers will hold onto the Gold Pan for at least one more year. Thanks to a dominant 5-1 victory over their archrival, the Colorado College Tigers, at the Broadmoor World Arena, the Pios clinched the trophy that is awarded annually to the winner of the intrastate rivalry for the fourth straight year. This was the first time in years, however, that it took the second series between the Pios and Tigers to determine who took home the trophy. Continue reading Pioneers outclass Tigers in Colorado Springs en route to fourth straight Gold Pan

Championship Weekend preview in February? Denver, Duke say yes

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Two of college lacrosse’s top powerhouses are linked beyond their respective reputations and accolades. The [4/3] University of Denver Pioneers and the [1/1] Duke University Blue Devils are intertwined by the origin and relations across the individual helms. Continue reading Championship Weekend preview in February? Denver, Duke say yes

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

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The Pioneers are back in action this weekend when they play their final series with rival Colorado College

After a week off from games, the Denver Pioneers are back on the ice this weekend when they play another home-and-home series with the Colorado College Tigers.  Since the Pios last played a couple things have happened.  Troy Terry left to play for Team USA in the Winter Olympics and his teammates have been cheering him on from Colorado.  After watching him play, NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire compared Terry to Milan Hejduk. Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

LetsGoDU’s Spiritual Founder Damien Goddard Travels to Denver for CC Series

Photo: In order to spread the word, Damien Goddard is flying Southwest Airlines on a 4-leg journey to Denver.

Its been a typical fast paced year for the LetsGoDU founder Damien Goddard. He has been growing his Houston business empire, traveling for months at a time to Australia and picking up the nuances of his newfound religion, Discordianism 501 (C)(3). Under his new faith, he celebrates the Goddess Eris and accepts that ‘order is a mere illusion and chaos rules’. Critical to his belief system is his ceremonial garb which must be worn at all public events according to church doctrine.

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Goddard’s Discordianism card provides legal proof of membership.

Goddard, a man who deeply guards his privacy, has not been seen in public since his recent conversion to Discordianism late last year but we were able to get this most recent photo from the Texas DMV:

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Despite the uncomfortable head cover, Goddard says he has been “welcomed with open arms” wherever he goes. Prior to his departure, all Goddard would say is, “I am looking forward to sharing my newfound passion with my friends in Denver and, especially, visiting Magness Arena. Hail Eris – and, go Pioneers!”

His office released the following schedule of events for Mr. Goddard’s visit:

Goddard Schedule

DU vs. CC: Puck Swami’s Updated Rivalry Primer

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In 2016, DU beat CC 4-1. before 35,000 fans at Coors Field in Denver. Photo: LetsGoDU

Puck Swami, the Internet moniker of a longtime DU fan and alumnus, has previously offered this basic compendium of DU/CC rivalry thoughts back in 2016 and 2017.  He has updated the story here to reflect the current season, as a prelude to this weekend’s Gold Pan series.

The DU vs. CC rivalry is one of the very best athletic rivalries in the state, and one of the top five in the sport of college hockey. This year, the final two games of the series take on increased meaning, as the Pioneers can retain the Gold Pan trophy for the fifth year in a row with a win in either game or two ties this weekend against an improved CC team, which tied the Pios twice back in December of 2017.   Continue reading DU vs. CC: Puck Swami’s Updated Rivalry Primer

Denver Runs Past Omaha, 94-78

Denver (12-14 Overall, 6-6 Summit League) defeated Omaha (9-18 Overall, 4-7 Summit League) and moved into a third place tie with Fort Wayne with two games to go in Summit League play. Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo led the first half Pioneer surge with 15 points and 19 points respectively. In the second half it was Joe Rosga who finished with 28 points for the night and timely buckets from Christian Mackey and gritty play by Jake Krafka who collected seven boards for the night, battled under the bucket and scored  timely points for Denver.  Continue reading Denver Runs Past Omaha, 94-78

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