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
In a decision that had been discussed for months, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) will officially be opening the 2020-2021 season in a ‘bubble,’ similar to the ones that the NHL employed for its postseason in Toronto and Edmonton, according to Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, North Dakota and Omaha, Nebraska, homes of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, respectively, have emerged as frontrunners to host the weeks-long event. The bubble/hub would take place between Thanksgiving and Christmas while campuses are already closed and school is out. Continue reading NCHC to Start 2020-2021 Season in Grand Forks or Omaha Bubble
In a year when almost nothing seems normal, DU announced a virtual homecoming to help the DU community experience a sense of normalcy this fall. The events are designed to blend philosophy, academia, and athletics in a series of virtual, online meetings with DU leaders, stakeholders and guests.
The homecoming goal is to engage body, mind and spirit in a series of virtual, on-line events. Continue reading DU Announces Virtual Homecoming October 19th-24th
DU faculty member and protestor Johnny Ramirez (seen at the rear in the hat) during last Friday’s RAHR protest. Photo: RAHR
We’ve had it. Enough already.
We’re tired of years of DU’s faculty and staff working behind the scenes and now, directly orchestrating protests with the objectives of smashing DU traditions and further dividing the DU community. Continue reading It is High Time DU’s Divisive Faculty-Led Anti-Pioneer Protests End
This morning, the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed now-former Denver goaltender Devin Cooley to a two-year, entry-level contract. The undrafted 23-year-old goaltender spent three seasons with the Pioneers and was poised to share starting netminder duties with rising sophomore teammate Magnus Chrona for a second straight year. Continue reading Denver Goaltender Devin Cooley Signs with Nashville Predators
In a prior article, we talked about the potential benefit of Name, Image and Likeness legislation on DU student athletes – even though DU does not field a football team or benefit from significant basketball revenue.
The NCAA Board of Governors voted to support allowing its athletes to profit off endorsements and still maintain their eligibility beginning next year. The results of the vote were announced by the NCAA on Wednesday morning. The new rules must be approved by the NCAA’s three divisions before implementation. A January 2021 deadline has been set for that approval, which would allow the new rules to take effect for the 2021-22 school year. Continue reading NCAA and US House Advance Name, Image & Likeness Legislation for Student Athletes
Denver Athletics has launched a year-long campaign to recoup some of the losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. DU still has the cost of administrative staff, support staff, student housing, and now, with the resumption of sports, the cost of travel, equipment, and associated support costs. According to the 5280 Together COVID Relief Fund announcement, “We face unprecedented losses in revenues and added expenses as we work to bring our student-athletes back to competition, keep them safe and provide a first-class experience at DU.” And the goal? One million dollars during the 2020-2021 season. Continue reading DU Reaches Out for Community Support with 5280 Together COVID Relief Fund
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.
The running list of sports teams dropped by Division I schools has reached 84 teams with men’s tennis (12), women’s tennis (9), and men’s track (9) the biggest losers. The biggest surprise is Stanford dropping 11 of their most successful sports To include women’s sailing (3 national championships), synchronized swimming (8 national championships), men’s volleyball (2 national championships), field hockey (2 national championships), and men’s rowing (5 national championships).
Outside Stanford, Furman dropping the growing sport of lacrosse was a major surprise as well. Continue reading 84 Division I Athletics Programs Dropped During Pandemic