Category Archives: Men’s Sports

Will Butcher to wait until August to sign NHL deal, will test free agency

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Our friends at BSN Denver have reported that 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner Will Butcher has decided to wait until August 15th, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, to sign with an NHL team. DU’s prized defenseman and captain for the 2016-17 National Championship winning team was drafted by Denver’s own Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Continue reading Will Butcher to wait until August to sign NHL deal, will test free agency

Denver hockey roster update: 2017-18 Pioneers poised to dominate once again

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If you thought that the University of Denver hockey team’s run to their eighth national title a few months ago was a wild ride, come this October, buckle up. The 2017-18 Pioneers might be even better than the 2017 National Champions. Crazy? Sure. Implausible? Absolutely not. Continue reading Denver hockey roster update: 2017-18 Pioneers poised to dominate once again

Expense figures show Denver Athletics gets huge ‘Bang for the Buck’

The University of Denver just completed an incredible 2016-2017 athletic year with the men finishing #4 and the women at #53 in the Capital One Cup for overall athletic department success. Plus, DU secured the Division I-AAA Directors’ Cup for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons as the nation’s best athletic department without football. Incredible feats for a school Denver’s size but even more unexpected when you look at DU’s athletic department expenses and revenue.

Denver has one revenue producing sport, hockey.  Denver’s two other top programs, men’s lacrosse and women’s gymnastics, produce reasonable sources of revenue, but they barely move the needle at University & Buchtel. EADA reports that Denver earned $23 million in annual revenue and $9.6 million in student aid, both of which fuel Denver’s huge bang for the buck. Continue reading Expense figures show Denver Athletics gets huge ‘Bang for the Buck’

Standing pat may not be viable in volatile Summit

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It seemed innocent enough – IUPUI announced their departure to the Horizon League. While the notice period was alarmingly short, the Summit League was adding a new team, North Dakota, in 2018.

Not a big deal.

However, weeks before the IUPUI announcement, the University of Nebraska – Omaha hosted the Missouri Valley Conference membership committee on a campus tour. And the word was out that the Horizon League had plans to add as many as four new teams to their conference. Their target? The Summit League. Continue reading Standing pat may not be viable in volatile Summit

Pioneers reach unprecedented heights, finish in top 5 of Capital One Cup standings

After a year that saw the University of Denver athletic department experience a few exciting firsts…and an astounding, much-needed eighth, the Pioneers, DU’s men’s sports specifically, were properly recognized for a strong showing over the course of the year. As Florida topped LSU in the Men’s College World Series earlier this week, the 2016-17 NCAA Division I calendar came to an end. After the dust settled and the points were tallied, the DU men finished in the top five, number four to be exact, of the men’s Capital One Cup standings for the first time ever. Continue reading Pioneers reach unprecedented heights, finish in top 5 of Capital One Cup standings

Bush league Summit exit engineered by IUPUI

One of the worst and most confusing names in college sports, IUPUI, just developed a new reputation to match as the Jaguars will leave the Summit League with virtually no notice.

It’s totally understandable that teams want to move conferences to improve their situation. However, when IUPUI announced their jump to the Horizon League this morning, only two months before the 2017-18 season starts, it was a gut shot to coaches and players in the Summit League. Continue reading Bush league Summit exit engineered by IUPUI

IUPUI negotiating Summit League exit

According to the Detroit Daily News, the IUPUI Jaguars are in negotiations to leave the Summit League for the Horizon League. The Jaguars became a target when Valparaiso University departed the Horizon to join the Missouri Valley Conference…which just lost Wichita State. Dizzy yet?

The Indianapolis school is a good fit for the Horizon League which includes more regional rivals like Cleveland State, University of Detroit, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky University, Oakland University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Wright State, and Youngstown State. Continue reading IUPUI negotiating Summit League exit

One incoming Pioneer picked in 2017 NHL Entry Draft

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In what has become an annual late June tradition, one more future Pioneer has been selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago. While he wasn’t drafted in the first round on Friday night, D Ian Mitchell was taken in the second round on Saturday. Continue reading One incoming Pioneer picked in 2017 NHL Entry Draft

Cal to offer gender inclusive locker rooms

The University of California – Berkeley fell $150 million short for 2015-2016, according to the Office of the Chancellor. However, that is not stopping the university from moving forward with student funds for gender inclusive locker rooms for their student recreation center.

The College Fix reports that Cal will invest $2.7 million in the “gender-inclusive” Recreational Sports Facility locker rooms upgrade. The project is being funded by the school’s Wellness Initiative Fee, paid for by students as part of their annual fees. Continue reading Cal to offer gender inclusive locker rooms

Even the Supreme Court can’t save the “Fighting Sioux”

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.

The justices ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights. Continue reading Even the Supreme Court can’t save the “Fighting Sioux”