Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Jordan Guest

Photo: Santa Margarita’s Jordan Guest makes our list of Top 3 prospects for University of Denver basketball. Denver has three scholarship openings for 2018-2019.

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again – Denver needs to add ‘athletic size’ to their roster while still continuing their up-tempo playing style. So, they need a smart, athletic big man that can play both ends of the floor. That player is 6’9″, 235 pound Jordan Guest. He is a highly rated 3-star (ESPN) power forward with outstanding upside. He could play center at Denver, too with the graduation of seniors Daniel Amigo and Christian Mackey after this season. He will receive immediate playing time. While he has a soft shooting touch, as witnessed by his game film, he can be nasty inside the paint defending space and securing rebounds. That grit would be a huge benefit to the Pioneers, especially when the tempo inevitably slows down during tight conference games, one possession games, and hopefully the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Jordan Guest

USC Trojan horse, Traveler, sparks campus outcry

Photo: USC mascot Traveler has become a controversial figure at USC following the events at Charlottesville, Virginia

There is little controversy regarding USC football’s #4 preseason ranking by the Associated Press. But that cannot be said of the university’s Trojan horse, Traveler, a mascot that proudly prowls the sidelines for the Southern California Trojan football team.

According to the Los Angeles Times, following the events of Charlottesville, there have been efforts to remove the equine Trojan Mascot. The horse, named Traveler, has a similar name to General Robert E. Lee’s white horse named Traveller – spelled with an additional “L”. The horse was purchased in 1958 and already had the name ‘Traveler’ when given to the University by the Saukko family. Traveler has been a game day regular since that time.  Continue reading USC Trojan horse, Traveler, sparks campus outcry

Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Joseph Hedstrom

Photo: Joseph Hedstrom makes our list of Top 3 prospects for University of Denver men’s basketball. Denver has three scholarship openings for 2018-2019.

It may seem early to be discussing the 2018-19 men’s basketball season when the 2017-18 season hasn’t yet started, but much of DU’s future hoops success will depend on recruiting over the next twelve months. The coaching staff has identified a number of players that will fit in Rodney Billups play-fast style. Denver will have three scholarship openings next season and five after that to transform the Pioneers into the squad that Coach Billups envisioned when he took the job in May of 2016.   Continue reading Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Joseph Hedstrom

North Dakota launches controversial new home uniform

When the University of North Dakota announced their new uniforms for the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, their black and green road uniforms were met with positive reviews by media and fans alike. However, their home black and white striped uniforms, called ‘Jailbreak’ by the manufacturer CCM, were met with raised eyebrows outside the Fighting Hawk family.  Continue reading North Dakota launches controversial new home uniform

DU Volleyball at the USA Olympic Training Center

Colorado Springs, CO – When putting together a preseason article on DU volleyball, what better place to be than Denver’s preseason practice at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs? The team is preparing for the start of the upcoming season August 25th when they open their season against Tennessee State in Charleston, S.C.

With a solid week of scheduled practices and sleeping, eating and breathing volleyball alongside Olympic hopefuls, the team is building on their culture, identifying program goals, and focusing on skill building. The practice that I attended featured 6-on-6 play for over two hours with peer feedback, small group coaching, speed, and skill development.

Video: 6-on-6 games were the foundation for coaching feedback and evaluation.

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Denver women’s soccer at a crossroads

Photo: Denver women take the field in Vail against Northern Colorado Monday afternoon. Denver won the opener in the 88th minute, 1-0, on a goal by freshman Maya Roston.

For the longest time, Denver women’s soccer was DU’s featured Fall sport, reaching a peak in 2013 when they completed a 20-2-1 season. That season ended with a first round NCAA Tournament loss to Colorado at CIBER Field in front of 1,394 fans.  The following February, USA Today named DU as one of the top 10 places to play women’s soccer.

It seemed like the sky was the limit for the Pioneers.  Continue reading Denver women’s soccer at a crossroads

Pioneer Men’s Soccer picked to excel

You probably saw the United Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll last week which has the University of Denver men’s soccer team at #3 in the country. Shortly the College Soccer News poll will be released and that will give us another opinion on the upcoming season.

Sure, preseason polls will become meaningless in a few weeks, but the Pioneers being ranked this high is simply incredible, especially after losing two stars to the MLS following last season – Kortne Ford and Sam Hamilton. Add a relative weak RPI conference, The Summit League, into the mix and the Pioneers will face pressure all season long to win games and extend their national profile under head coach Jamie Franks. The Pios last regular season or conference tournament loss was October 31st, 2014 at IUPUI (1-0). Continue reading Pioneer Men’s Soccer picked to excel

CCBLL eyes big picture aspirations following successful first season

Photo courtesy CCBLL

“10 years, the final will be on ESPN,” Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) Commissioner Niko Blankenship jokingly interjected during an interview with league founder and University of Denver men’s lacrosse offensive coordinator Matt Brown. Continue reading CCBLL eyes big picture aspirations following successful first season

Will Butcher to wait until August to sign NHL deal, will test free agency

Photo credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Our friends at BSN Denver have reported that 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner Will Butcher has decided to wait until August 15th, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, to sign with an NHL team. DU’s prized defenseman and captain for the 2016-17 National Championship winning team was drafted by Denver’s own Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Continue reading Will Butcher to wait until August to sign NHL deal, will test free agency

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