Salary: $180,000- 200,000/yr. Continue reading DU’s Men’s Basketball Hiring Strategy: Cheap or Smart?
The steady descent of the Denver men’s basketball program into the nation’s worst Division I team has finally forced the end of Rodney Billups’ tenure as DU head coach, as the University did not extend Billups’ expiring five-year contract, which was confirmed in a DU statement on March 1. Continue reading The Billups Experiment Is Over at DU
The University of Denver announced its intention to move all of its athletics programs to Division I in 1999. Since that time, Denver men’s basketball has posted five single-digit win seasons and has spiraled to a new low this season. While DU has flirted with some decent seasons in the recent past, men’s basketball’s decline on the Denver campus is glaring, especially compared to other athletic programs at University & Evans. Continue reading Denver Men’s Basketball Skids to Worst Record in Modern Era – What’s Next?
Another big collegiate sports calendar capped the final weekend before entering March. Denver had more wins than losses as the weather and schedules continue to heat up. Continue reading Women’s Soccer, Men’s Lacrosse & Hockey Highlight Weekend Results
Denver (2-19, 1-13) ended the season with a single win in conference play. DU dropped their final contest of a shortened season, 80-76, to the Omaha Mavericks (5-19, 3-11) and will be left at home for the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Continue reading Season Ends with Loss to Mavs, 80-76
This game looked nearly identical to every game this season for Denver men’s basketball. A slow start, a comeback and a collapse in the final minutes in what has become a brutal season. That is exactly what happened Friday afternoon at Hamilton Gym as Denver fell, 80-76, to Omaha (4-19, 2-11). Along with the loss, Denver falls to 9th place in the Summit League standings and misses the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
After DU has gone through the worst men’s basketball season in modern DI school history, the eighth and final Summit League Tournament berth will go to either Omaha or Denver. The two teams face-off for a 2-game series Friday and Saturday at 4:00 pm to conclude the regular season. Continue reading Denver Men Must Sweep to Advance
DU Athletics moved forward at a frenetic pace this past weekend with ten teams taking to the fields, courts and slopes. COVID-19 has compressed several fall and winter sports into the spring season and, with the exception of hockey, most of Denver’s athletic department was in action. Here are the weekend highlights: Continue reading Ten DU Teams Compete in Busy Winter Weekend
Denver (2-14, 1-8) couldn’t make an early 14-0 lead hold up against Western Illinois (6-12, 4-7) and fell 75-69 in Macomb, Illinois Friday night.
Denver jumped out to an 8-0 lead five minutes into the game as the Leathernecks missed shot-after-shot and turned the ball over five times. Ten minutes into the half, Western Illinois was 0-10 from the field and trailed 14-0. With 8:53 remaining, Tamell Pearson made a layup to finally put the Leathernecks on the board. Over the next four minutes, WIU outscored DU 13 to 6, to trail 20-15. The choppy first half ended up 28-22, DU. The teams were a combined 1 for 15 from beyond the arc in the cold-shooting first half. Western shot a miserable 27.3% and Jase Townsend led the Pioneers with 10 points in the half. Continue reading Denver Fades in Loss to Western Illinois, 75-69
I know. It sounds crazy with a Denver men’s basketball team sitting at a woeful 2-13, 1-7 in Summit League play. There is no rational reason for hope based on current results – but is there hope nonetheless? There actually is a (highly unlikely) path to the NCAA Tournament for Denver, and here is how. (I promise I’m not on prescription meds and have not been drinking to excess…recently anyway). Continue reading Pioneers Never Say Die and Neither Should You