The commissioners of the nation’s major college football conferences held a 30-minute conference call Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence and stressed that college sports cannot return from the COVID-19 shutdown until campuses have re-opened, according to an ABC news article. And, the same, likely, holds true for all other universities and sports. Continue reading Message Sent: No Students on Campus, No Athletics
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many references are made to the Spanish Flu that killed 675,000 Americans. In the state of Colorado, 50,000 were infected and 8,000 people died.
According to some reliable sources, it did not come from Spain, but rather our neighbor to the east, Kansas – not Spain. Continue reading The Spanish Flu: DU, CC, CU, and Lessons Learned
Over the past month, the DU men’s basketball team has lost two members and added another two. DU sophomore Joseph Lanzi and freshman Owen McGlashan have entered the NCAA transfer portal. Denver followed these departures by adding freshmen Omar Rowe and flex guard/wing Drake Muller. Rowe and Muller join Sam Hines, Jr., a small forward, as DU’s freshman triad next season. It is worth noting with over 700 players entering the transfer portal each season so losing 1-2 players is not unexpected. Continue reading Denver Men’s Basketball Adds Youth to Bolster Perimeter
A proposal to move men’s college soccer to a split season beginning in the 2022-2023 season was put on hold along with nearly 60 other NCAA proposals and reforms because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading NCAA Delays Vote on Extended Soccer Season
The Air Force Academy has hired former DU coach Joe Scott (2007-2016) as the Academy’s next head basketball coach. After stints as an assistant coach at Holy Cross and Georgia, Scott returns to lead Air Force basketball for a second time, after head coaching there from 1999-2004. Continue reading Joe Scott Returns to Colorado for Second Stint with Air Force
Senior lacrosse star Ethan Walker has an extra year of eligibility. Junior women’s lacrosse star Quintin Hoch-Bullen now has two years of eligibility. Freshman women’s golf star Anna Zanusso – the same Anna Zanusso who carded an NCAA record 61 earlier this year – gets a full 4-year do-over. Yesterday, the NCAA Executive Council approved an extra year of eligibility for all spring NCAA Division I and II athletes. In the case of the University of Denver, this includes the men’s and women’s lacrosse, tennis, and golf.
As for gymnastics basketball and skiing – all three classified winter sports – will not receive special eligibility treatment under the new ruling. Continue reading NCAA Officially Grants Blanket Eligibility Waiver for Spring Athletes
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According to College AD, athletic departments will take their first financial haircut in April when proceeds from the NCAA Basketball Tournaments would have been distributed. Instead, the NCAA will distribute $225 million in June to Division I members to specifically focus on supporting college athletes. This sum represents 37% of the budgeted $600 million that was to be distributed following March Madness. The NCAA receives most of its revenue from the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship television and marketing rights, as well as championship ticket sales. Continue reading Denver Athletics to Receive First NCAA Revenue Hit
- David Carle has completed his incoming freshman class – and still no official word as to whether Ian Mitchell will be departing before his senior season, though it is still all but a given that he will sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. The incoming class includes two 2019 NHL Draftees in D Antti Tuomisto, Assat U20 (Finland) 2nd round pick (35th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings and F McKade Webster, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) 7th round draft pick (213 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The remaining three members are F Connor Caponi, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) from Brookfield, Wisconsin, D Reid Irwin, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), from Victoria, B.C, and D Josh Luedtke, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) from Minnetonka, MN. We will have more on this incoming class later this year in our annual season preview.
Prior to today’s snowstorm, work continued on the Community Commons (i.e. Student Union) along Evans Avenue. Workers have nearly completed the copper wall treatments and roughed in the roof structure as they rush to complete as much work outside today as possible. There is a lot of construction noise and traffic on Evans avenue so be sure to turn the sound down before clicking play. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Community Commons/Student Union
The campus is shut down but some students are still on campus along with locals strolling Carnegie Green with their kids and dogs. Take a few minutes to enjoy an afternoon on the Green with the ‘Bullet Proof’ sculpture, created during another time of uncertainty at the University of Denver. Continue reading 4 Minutes of DU’s Sights & Sounds: Bullet Proof Sculpture and Carnegie Green