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 (1-0) played Western Illinois (0-1-1) Thursday afternoon at Diane Wendt Sports Complex to open Summit League play. WIU had a tie against Eastern Illinois to open their conference schedule. Denver was sporting new all-black uniforms with red Denver lettering but secured a familiar home-field win, 2-0. Continue reading Denver Defeats Western Illinois in Season Opener, 2-0
The Summit League’s plans for the resumption of soccer and volleyball, fall sports, were released last week. Generally, the conference followed a similar approach employed for basketball scheduling by establishing a double round-robin format to save on travel costs. Continue reading Summit League Announces Spring Plan for Soccer and Volleyball
With the announcement by the NCAA Division I Council this week regarding the start of college basketball, the start for volleyball and soccer was decided as well. Continue reading Volleyball and Soccer Springs Start Dates Announced
(Assuming hockey and hoops start with conference games only in January).
- DU fans pleading to bring football back to the DU campus
- Snow soccer
- Omaha men’s soccer pretending that they really have a chance
In an news release Monday afternoon, the Summit League announced the postponement of all conference fall sports to the spring.
Fall collegiate sports will be postponed until the spring of 2021 when, hopefully, COVID-19 vaccines and treatment are expected to be more readily available. The fate of DU hockey has not been made by the NCHC to this point. While this decision became more likely over the past several days, the loss of spring sports will be a disappointment to many and a reminder that these times are anything but ‘normal’.
The Summit League will hold a press conference tomorrow and we will report additional details as they become available.
Various outlets from around the country have reported that college presidents from the Big 10 have voted against playing football this fall. The PAC 12 is said to be in a similar position. After emergency meetings over the weekend, the two conferences are reportedly reaching out to the ACC, SEC, and Big 12 to gain a consensus among the Power Five. The potential move of football to the spring would have far-reaching consequences for spring sports. Continue reading As Football Decisions are Made, Fall Sports Could Evaporate this Week
In an announcement today, “The Summit League’s Presidents Council agreed to delay the start of fall sports for member institutions until Sept. 23 based upon the recommendation from the League’s Joint Council due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The statement went on to state that the Council would continue to be “flexible in an ever-changing environment”.
As for DU athletics, the delay will result in a conference-only schedule for the sports of women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball. Competitive schedules for men’s and women’s men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis will also be delayed until September 23. The delay will not impact any Summit League winter or spring sports at this time. Continue reading Summit League Pushes Fall Sports to Conference-Only Schedule Starting September 23rd
While the Power 5 conferences (PAC-12, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, ACC) remain steadfast in fall sports, many other smaller conferences have decided to cancel, postpone or push their fall sports into the winter or spring. If DU was to make such a move, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball would be the most impacted by such a move. Continue reading Fall Sports Beginning to Feel Effects of COVID Cancellation/Postponement
Earlier this week, the NCAA gave clearance for schools to bring football and basketball players back to practice on campus on June 1st. In the wake of the NCAA’s announcement, the Joint Council of the Summit League, which is made up of school athletic directors and senior woman administrators, recently agreed to keep the current conference schedules, tournament qualifier criteria, and tournament structure in place for the upcoming school year despite the crippling financial implications of COVID-19 across the country. That means that eight teams will continue to qualify for the Sioux Falls basketball tournament which determines the Summit League representative for the NCAA tournament. Continue reading Summit League Announces 2020-2021 Plans