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How Oklahoma & Texas Conference Exits Impact DU

There are few immediate impacts on the University of Denver from the move of Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 yesterday. Mainly, this is all about football, TV money and Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) to drive more coverage, notoriety and, of course, money. The deadline is 2025 when the deed-of-rights expires for the Big 12 and Big 10 and when teams can exit without penalty while providing 18 months’ notice.

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University Area Crime Climbs During First Half of 2021

Crime is increasing around the University of Denver and the pace of these crimes may leave many residents and students unprepared for the ever-changing environment. The cause could be COVID-19 or the rise in crime may be attributed to other longer-term urban issues.

Compared to 2020 figures, property crimes in University Park are up 23.4% (190 vs, 154), burglaries up 29.4% (12 vs. 17), and car thefts up 50% (54 vs 36). Lesser reported and rarer occurrences such as rape (2 vs. 1) and violent crime (9 vs. 6) are all up.  Only bike theft is down 41% (10 vs. 17) in the first six months of this year. Continue reading University Area Crime Climbs During First Half of 2021

Could Lacrosse and Seattle University Get Denver into the West Coast Conference?

Lacrosse fans were treated to a thrilling championship game over Memorial Day Weekend when Virginia defeated Maryland, 17-16. Could the fastest-growing college sport in America be used to drive a move by DU to the West Coast Conference (WCC)? Denver could leverage their national lacrosse reputation as the “Lacrosse Capital of the West” to kickstart D1 men’s college lacrosse while gaining membership in the West Coast Conference. Their ally in a proposal to join the WCC could be Seattle University, a non-football outlier in the football-centric Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Seattle Redhawks already field men’s and women’s club lacrosse and, like DU, are a private school outlier in their conference. A commitment by Seattle to add D1 lacrosse and a joint appeal by the two schools to WCC Commissioner Gloria Nevarez could be the key to unlock membership for both schools.

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Ten Schools that Should Add Hockey Programs

With the recent news of Tennessee State University and Augustana University (S.D.) planning to add hockey in the coming years, Sports Illustrated explored another 10 schools that should add Division I hockey. Among others, the list included South Florida, North Carolina State, UCLA, and Rutgers. Adding hockey is an extremely expensive undertaking for any school, regardless of how well-established a school’s athletics program is (and Title IX compliance notwithstanding), but Sports Illustrated got us thinking and we developed a list of our own ten schools that make much more sense. Continue reading Ten Schools that Should Add Hockey Programs

Denver Secures 12th Directors’ Cup Title for 2020-2021 Academic Year

It’s become almost an annual rite-of-passage for the Pioneers. Last week, Denver Athletics landed the 1-AAA Directors’ Cup as the best Division 1, non-football athletic department in the country for the 2020-2021 season. Since 2008, Pepperdine is the only other program to win the award and COVID-19 canceled the award in 2020. Denver has won the title all the other years since 2008 and this is the Pioneers’ 8th straight Cup. Continue reading Denver Secures 12th Directors’ Cup Title for 2020-2021 Academic Year