Last night was one of those magic nights as a DU fan, when everything came together create a perfect scene at Peter Barton Stadium on the DU campus. The #1 ranked Pioneers, of course, did their part with a 17-8 dismemberment of Providence College in the Big East semi-final. Continue reading Puck Swami: A Magic Night at Barton Stadium→
Denver’s Trevor Baptiste went 20-for-23 in faceoffs and scored a goal to lead the Pioneers to victory in Providence. Photo Credit: DU Athletics file photo.
The #2 ranked Denver Pioneer men’s lacrosse team set a school record with 13 different scorers, en-route to a lopsided 17-7 Big East victory over Providence College. The Pios’ romp further dampened the Friars’ new Anderson Stadium Dedication Day in rainy Providence, R.I. on April 23. The Denver win over PC, when coupled with top-ranked Notre Dame’s 17-15 April 23 loss to North Carolina, means that DU should move up to a #1 national ranking on Monday, April 25 when the newest polls are released. Continue reading Denver Destroys Providence, 17-7.→
TAMPA, Fla. – Right now, if you’re a Pioneer fan, you’re hurting today, even though it’s been more than 24 hours since the loss in the NCAA semifinal to the dreaded NCHC rival North Dakota Fighting Hawks.
DU Graduate Rodney Billups (’05) is the next head hoops coach at DU, according to ESPN
Puck Swami is the Internet moniker of a longtime DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically with LetsGoDU.
Like many DU fans, I was surprised, but not shocked, at today’s news that nine-year head DU head basketball coach Joe Scott had been fired with two years remaining on his contract, and that DU grad / CU assistant coach Rodney Billups will likely be the next head coach at DU, according to reports from ESPN. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: Scott Out and Billups In→
After nine seasons as head basketball coach at the University of Denver, Joe Scott has been fired, according to a statement released to the press this afternoon.
“We’d like to thank Joe for his years of service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” DU Athletic Director Peg Bradley-Doppes said. “At this juncture we feel the time is right to make a change in the direction of the program and we look forward to entering a new, exciting era for the program with a dynamic new head coach at the helm.”
Scott was originally hired by DU in March of 2007 and amassed a record of 146-132 during his nine years at the helm of the men’s basketball program. The Pioneers’ 2015-16 season came to an end on Monday March 7, with a 54-53 loss to South Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Joe Scott issued this statement after being fired:
Scott’s nine years at DU dug the program out of the bottom of Division I, rose to a WAC title and and an NIT win in 2013, but since then, the program suffered some down years, recruiting issues, transfers and falling attendance.
Puck Swami is the internet moniker of a longtime DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically for LetsGoDU.
This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the DU Fight Song. Best known by the title “D-Rah/Fairest of Colleges,” the song’s words were written in 1916 by then-DU Student Dorothy Hickey during her senior year. The song sprang from the era of great college fight songs, most of which were written between 1895 and 1920, as college football rose to become the dominant fall entertainment force in America, well before the emergence of professional football. Continue reading Puck Swami Presents: 100 Years of the DU Fight Song→
Puck Swami is the internet moniker of a long-time DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically with LetsGoDU.
As I look back on the 2015-2106 DU basketball season, the operative phrase, at least for me, is “pleasant surprise.”
At 15-14, the Pioneers achieved a winning record and sixth-place finish in the regular season where the cognoscenti predicted a last-place (eighth place) finish for DU in the Summit League. It was a return to respectability with a very young, resilient team overachieving after last year’s 12-18 disappointment with a veteran lineup. Continue reading Puck Swami: DU Men’s Basketball Regular Season Review→