It was nice to finally get the winter athletics season started with a women’s hoops win against Air Force last week and Denver hockey about to start in the Omaha pod on December 2nd. Men’s hoops did their part with another step toward ‘normalcy’ in the era of COVID Saturday afternoon with a win against Regis University. Continue reading Denver Uses Hot Second Half to Dispatch Regis, 82-66
- While DU may not be the Harvard of the west, Denver is quickly becoming the Yale of the Rockies. DU already added lacrosse transfers Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler from Yale and last week, DU Hockey head coach David Carle followed in Bill Tierney’s footsteps and added grad transfer goalie Corbin Kaczperski to the roster. Kaczperski will start classes at DU in the spring which makes him eligible to begin playing for the Pios in December when the NCHC Pod begins.
- Staying with hockey, the Pioneers were picked to finish 2nd in the NCHC behind only North Dakota by media members from around the conference and country. The full preseason poll is just below:
Denver County along with 15 other counties in Colorado are moving to level red, effective this Friday, November 20th. Level Red used to be the highest level on Colorado’s dial and would have triggered a stay-at-home order but state officials have pushed back the threshold that counties need to qualify for a lockdown by adding an even higher status — Level Purple (presumably an homage to the Rockies’ incompetence in the last couple of years). Continue reading Denver County Moves to Level Red, DU to be Directly Affected
While DU has already announced its Summit League basketball schedule, the non-conference schedule has been somewhat of a mystery. By combing through various websites and front range team websites, we can see the non-conference schedule emerge. Continue reading Men’s Hoops Schedule Beginning to Come into Focus
College basketball is set to begin a month from now, November 25th, and DU men’s basketball finds themselves ranked 8th out of 9 teams in the Summit League preseason poll. This is a familiar spot for Denver, picked 9th and finishing 8th in the nine-team Summit League last season.
Denver has a number of returning faces with Roscoe Eastmond, Jase Townsend, Taelyr Gaitlin, Tristan Green, Javonni Bickham, and up-and-coming big man Robert Jones who could spoil the poll if they play to their potential. Two interesting additions to DU are Colorado transfer 6’10” Frank Ryder who should strengthen the post depth and another back-court scorer in 6’4″ shooting guard Eric Moenkhaus.
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
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
The NCAA Division I Council met today (Wednesday) and approved a college basketball start date of November 25th. Earlier in the morning, the Big 10 announced a fall return to the gridiron October 24th with an 8-game schedule, leaving only the Pac-12 absent from football until a self-imposed deadline of January 1st set, in part, due to the restrictions in place in California and Oregon.
We’ve already talked about the importance of college hoops to the overall health of college athletics and the NCAA. If canceled yet again, this would have catastrophic consequences for college athletic departments and NCAA finances. According to CBS Sports, four different scenarios are being contemplated for the start of college basketball: Continue reading NCAA Discussing Possible Start Dates for College Hoops
Following the COVID-19 cancellation of the NCAA’s Division I men’s and the women’s basketball tournaments this past March, the NCAA doled out $400 million dollars from their cash reserves to member institutions to help fund ongoing athletic operations. That left the NCAA in the same place as many of their member institutions – cash strapped.
While the focus has been on football and the slow, progressive cancellation and postponement of all other Fall sports to this point, with basketball – the NCAA’s other huge moneymaker that isn’t football – slated to tip off in less than three months, it’s right now when we should be asking questions like what if the NCAA and its members have to cancel March Madness yet again this season? And could there be long term consequences for the sport? Continue reading NCAA Faces Financial Cliff if March Madness is Cancelled Again