Category Archives: Men’s Sports

LetsGoDU SUPER-POLL™ Slots DU Hockey in the Top Spot, Again

LetsGoDU has released its 18th annual hockey Super-Poll™ for the 2022-23 season. A host of statistics are fed into the supercomputer at Goddard Computing Center in Houston. The program runs ten thousand Monte Carlo simulations and places the Pioneers in their rightful place and Colorado College in the cellar. The results are then tabulated by Deloitte, hermetically sealed, and sent to Denver via Brinks truck to reveal the results. For the eighteenth consecutive season, DU claims the top spot.

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Boston College Goes It Alone with NIL – Can they Compete?

The new Boston College athletic director Blake James had an interview BC Interruption, a longtime friend to LetsGoDU, regarding Name, Image & Likeness (NIL) legislation. In the interview, James suggested legislation was needed at the federal level to create reasonable standards and guidelines for NIL. He also mentioned that BC will not be encouraging ‘NIL collectives’ which are groups that fundraise with the sole purpose of paying student-athletes under the guise of the new Name, Image & likeness. Continue reading Boston College Goes It Alone with NIL – Can they Compete?

Denver Extends David Carle Through 2026-27

In what was all but a foregone conclusion at this point, the University of Denver finally announced that they have extended the contract of 2022 National Champion head coach David Carle through the 2026-27 season. Carle, 32, took over for 2017 National champion Jim Montgomery after the 2017-18 season when ‘Monty’ signed on with the Dallas Stars for the same role. Continue reading Denver Extends David Carle Through 2026-27

How the USC & UCLA Pac-12 Exits Could Impact DU’s Conference Affiliation

The Pac-12’s USC and UCLA moving to the Big 10 was just one more move within the Power Five conferences that signaled the formation of another super conference and the continued stratification of Divison I athletics. These seismic changes will reach well beyond football and, eventually, engulf all levels of collegiate sport and usher in a new era of collegiate athletics. Denver must be nimble and well-positioned to take advantage of the rapidly changing landscape. Continue reading How the USC & UCLA Pac-12 Exits Could Impact DU’s Conference Affiliation

Incorporating the Controversial New DU Logo on Hockey Uniforms

We still have no information on the new interlocking DU logo’s place on Denver Hockey uniforms. While there are thousands of possible combinations, we looked at four options below. Assuming the new uniforms must have the new logo (which, we’re all still holding out hope this mandate is delayed until a better, more well-thought-out rebrand is considered), which one of the four options do you prefer?

Poll below:

Assuming DU forces the new logo on Athletics, which uniform design would you prefer?

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Deloitte Issues Annual Outlook on Sports

In the Deloitte 2022 Outlook on Sports, the public accounting and consulting firm looked at future trends in sports and reinforces many of the topics we have covered this past year. When summarizing the current trends in collegiate athletics, the overarching conclusion of the study warns of the “impacts of conference realignment and NCAA constitutional changes on smaller athletic programs.” Specifically, student-athlete Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) legislation along with spiraling costs to keep up with the Power-5 conference spending. The side-effects of these trends include the probable elimination of automatic conference berths and unlimited scholarships and liberalized transfer rules as just a few of the threats to mid-major programs going forward. Continue reading Deloitte Issues Annual Outlook on Sports

A Deeper Dive Into Jersey Branding Strategy

Would Duke ever abandon its name on uniform for its initials — ‘D.U.’ ? 

Our recent story about the DU administration’s overall branding decision to perhaps move away from the full “Denver” name on sports jerseys in favor of a new logo with an abbreviated “DU” has clearly touched some nerves, so we thought we’d share a deeper dive on the subject, comparing this strategy to other universities.

Rather than going through the jersey branding for every team in the country, we examined the current top 10 hockey programs, the top 10 lacrosse programs, the top 10 basketball programs, the Summit League members, and ten metro/urban universities to better understand jersey branding practices.

What did we find?

In nearly every case, schools branded their uniforms with the University name/location and not an abbreviation. Continue reading A Deeper Dive Into Jersey Branding Strategy

Berlo Cites ‘Cultural Fit’ in Pursuit of Denver Athletic Director Job

Former University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Director Josh Berlo was officially introduced as the University of Denver’s new AD at a press conference in the Gottesfeld Room at the Ritchie Center Thursday morning. His hire becomes effective July 15th after his nine-year run with the Bulldogs. Continue reading Berlo Cites ‘Cultural Fit’ in Pursuit of Denver Athletic Director Job