As always, it’s a great day to be a Pioneer. But perhaps it’s even better today than most others.
University of Denver Chancellor Dr. Jeremy Haefner finally made an official public statement that the school will retain the popular 95-year old nickname “Pioneers,” according to a long letter October 21st sent to alumni and responding to anti-Pioneer posters’ demands, linked here. Continue reading DU Reaffirms Pioneers Nickname, Finally Puts Issue to Bed
Last week, the NCAA announced more than 450 selections of host sites for preliminary rounds and final sites of championships in Divisions I, II, and III, with most to be held from 2022-23 through 2025-26. The University of Denver is set to host two Hockey Regional playoffs in 2022 and 2026 in Loveland (in addition to hosting the West Regional in 2021, depending on the Covid-19 situation) and a Gymnastics Regional in 2023 at DU’s Magness Arena. Continue reading Colorado Venues Selected as NCAA Tournament Hosts, Denver named Hockey & Gymnastics Host Institution
Praise be! College hockey is coming! Mark your calendars for December 1, 2020, because folks, NCHC Hockey has officially set a start date for the 2020-2021 season. As discussed earlier this week, it was known that the NCHC would start the upcoming season in a bubble, or “pod” as the conference is calling it, either in Grand Forks, North Dakota or in Omaha, Nebraska. We now know, as of this morning, that the season-opening, three-week bubble will officially take place in Omaha and each team will play 10 games during the event for a total of 40 games. Continue reading NCHC Announces December 1st Omaha Bubble Return, 4-Team Divisions for 2020-2021
While college basketball teams could begin practices a couple of days ago on October 14, it was still a mystery how each conference would address their schedules.
Enter Jeff Goodman, a highly reliable college insider/analyst who tweeted out the Summit League schedule yesterday. Continue reading 2020-2021 Summit League Schedule Leaked
In a decision that had been discussed for months, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) will officially be opening the 2020-2021 season in a ‘bubble,’ similar to the ones that the NHL employed for its postseason in Toronto and Edmonton, according to Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, North Dakota and Omaha, Nebraska, homes of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, respectively, have emerged as frontrunners to host the weeks-long event. The bubble/hub would take place between Thanksgiving and Christmas while campuses are already closed and school is out. Continue reading NCHC to Start 2020-2021 Season in Grand Forks or Omaha Bubble
In a year when almost nothing seems normal, DU announced a virtual homecoming to help the DU community experience a sense of normalcy this fall. The events are designed to blend philosophy, academia, and athletics in a series of virtual, online meetings with DU leaders, stakeholders and guests.
The homecoming goal is to engage body, mind and spirit in a series of virtual, on-line events. Continue reading DU Announces Virtual Homecoming October 19th-24th
DU faculty member and protestor Johnny Ramirez (seen at the rear in the hat) during last Friday’s RAHR protest. Photo: RAHR
We’ve had it. Enough already.
We’re tired of years of DU’s faculty and staff working behind the scenes and now, directly orchestrating protests with the objectives of smashing DU traditions and further dividing the DU community. Continue reading It is High Time DU’s Divisive Faculty-Led Anti-Pioneer Protests End
This morning, the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed now-former Denver goaltender Devin Cooley to a two-year, entry-level contract. The undrafted 23-year-old goaltender spent three seasons with the Pioneers and was poised to share starting netminder duties with rising sophomore teammate Magnus Chrona for a second straight year. Continue reading Denver Goaltender Devin Cooley Signs with Nashville Predators
In a prior article, we talked about the potential benefit of Name, Image and Likeness legislation on DU student athletes – even though DU does not field a football team or benefit from significant basketball revenue.
The NCAA Board of Governors voted to support allowing its athletes to profit off endorsements and still maintain their eligibility beginning next year. The results of the vote were announced by the NCAA on Wednesday morning. The new rules must be approved by the NCAA’s three divisions before implementation. A January 2021 deadline has been set for that approval, which would allow the new rules to take effect for the 2021-22 school year. Continue reading NCAA and US House Advance Name, Image & Likeness Legislation for Student Athletes