Traditional approaches to drawing students to sporting events is no longer working. This trend is neither unique nor exclusive to the University of Denver.
The Wall Street Journal conducted a study on the declining student attendance, mainly targeting football, but relevant to other sports as well. The 2014 WSJ study addressed average student attendance at college football games which dropped for football 7.1% since 2009. Continue reading Students Attendence in Decline
The IUPUI (11-14) Jaguars rolled into Magness Arena Thursday night in a 3-way tie for first place in the Summit and pummeled DU (12-11) the first 30 minutes of play.
No sense giving the play-by-play of the first half. Denver played one of their most forgettable twenty minutes in recent history shooting 37% from the floor, committing 9 turnovers, giving up 20 rebounds, and going 0-7 from three point land to make this, perhaps, the most inept half of basketball ever seen in Joe Scott’s coaching tenure at DU. In a near mathematical improbability, the Pioneers were trailing by ONLY 9, 21-30, at the break. Continue reading Mackey Lifts Up Pioneers to Avoid a Home Beat Down
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Well we’ve made it to week 3 of our weekly DU Hockey mailbags and I’m getting some really good questions from dedicated college hockey fans. Continue reading DU Hockey Mailbag: Another Bye Week
Only 33 schools in all of D1, at least 10 years old, have never made it to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, better known as March Madness.
DU is one of ‘them’. Continue reading Tournament Woes Stalk Pioneers
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The U is feeling the heat. While generations of Minnesota kids could only dream of wearing the iconic maroon and gold “M” jersey, on the ice the Gophers are just another Minnesota college hockey program.
Sure they are tied with Michigan (8-2) in the weak, six-team Big 10 and are above .500 for the season with a 13-12-0 record. But other issues are boiling under the surface. Continue reading Minnesota Meltdown
Photo: Used Car Salesman, Rick Pitino
The Washington Post had an article on the 18-1 SMU basketball program. They were the nation’s last unbeaten team through most of December until they lost on the road at Temple. Regardless of their final record, they will not be getting an invitation to the Big Dance in March. The Mustangs are banned from postseason play for having an assistant coach take on-line exams for a high school recruit. Coach Larry Brown was caught lying, too, and the cover-up was on. Brown was suspended for the first nine games by the NCAA for a lack of institutional control. Now, they are playing, essentially, a meaningless season with a squad that could have made a run in March. Continue reading Foot Dragging Makes For Basketball Tournament Farce
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With a 5-3 win on Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, the Denver Pioneers secured an important weekend split with the Miami University RedHawks (10-12-3, 5-9-2 NCHC) to improve their record to 13-8-5 (9-5-2 NCHC) on the season. Continue reading Denver Earns Important, Hard-Fought Split at Miami
This was a game that left Pioneer hoops fans in an optimistic mood and showed why this is a young team worth watching. A good crowd (3,020), the first of the season, created an energy that inspired the Pioneers (11-11) to hang tough against a veteran program. DU, playing against the senior laden, league leading South Dakota State Jackrabbits (18-5) fought toe to toe before the game slipped away in the final few minutes.
Joe Scott went to the bigger, more athletic lineup with C.J. Bobbitt at center, Marcus Byrd at the wing, and gave Thomas Neff, Jake Holtzmann and Jake Pemberton meaningful minutes. DU’s improved length helped on defense but cold shooting and rebounding proved the difference again. Continue reading Pios Play South Dakota State Tough in 56-67 loss