There was an energy in Magness Arena last night that gave all in attendance an idea of what lies ahead for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Denver in the upcoming year. After a long 7 1/2 month hiatus, we’re finally approaching the start of the 2017-2018 basketball season, and the Fan Jam was a perfect way to whet fan’s appetites.
(Photo Credits: University of Denver (Grahame, Peck), Swarthmore College (Akotaobi), Tulane University (Macneill), St. Cloud St. University (Weems), Blacktop Colorado (Willis)
We’ve now had a few days to process the major change in athletic leadership coming our way as DU fans: DU Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes announced her retirement at the end of the 2017/18 school year. While longtime DU Deputy Athletic Director Ron Grahame is taking over the athletic director’s day-to-day responsibilities immediately, DU also announced that a nationwide search would take place this year to ultimately fill the vice-chancellor’s position that Peg has filled so well for the last nearly 15 years. Continue reading Puck Swami: DU Athletic leadership change offers new Vice Chancellor possibilities
Photo: Courtesy of the Pueblo Chieftain
The Pueblo Chieftain is reporting in an article that DU women’s basketball would be hiring Jim Turgeon as the next head coach. A press conference has been scheduled for 11:00 am today in the Gottesfeld Room at the Ritchie Center to announce the hiring.
The Pioneers went 6-24 this past season and head coach Kerry Cremeans 5-year contract was not renewed. At the time, it was assumed by many that DU would bring in an experienced DI hire. That said, Turgeon had incredible success at the D2 level. Continue reading Denver Women’s Basketball Surprise Hire
Photo: University of Denver
To the surprise of virtually no one, DU women’s basketball coach Kerry Cremeans, who was hired five years ago from Auburn University to take DU women’s basketball to the next level as head coach, “resigned” today after a five-year coaching record of just 42 wins and a staggering 109 losses. Her five year contract was not renewed, and while the school terms it a “resignation,” she was clearly pushed out the door. Continue reading PUCK SWAMI’S RAPID REACTION: DU WOMENS BASKETBALL COACH KERRY CREMEANS RESIGNS
- How do you replace gymnast superstar Nina McGee? Just sign-up one of the best Freshman in the country. DU’s Maddie Karr posted the highest score at the Crimson & Gold meet in three events – 9.850 on vault, a 9.900 on the floor and a 9.950 on the beam.
When Denver centerback Kortne Ford (above/Photo by David Grooms) carved open the Clemson backline to convert Alex Underwood’s cross to score the game-winning goal in Dec.2’s NCAA Soccer Quarterfinal with a minute left in the game to book a first-ever DU berth in the College Cup, it set off a big celebration for every Pioneer fan.
I would argue that it may have been one of DU’s greatest collegiate sporting achievements of all time. Here’s why: Continue reading Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?
Lots of Thanksgiving holiday activity on campus. In Denver, see NCAA playoff soccer with DU vs. Washington Saturday @ 5:00 PM MT and hockey vs. Wisconsin Saturday @ 7:00 PM MT. Denver basketball and volleyball teams are in action on the road.
Denver held their annual Basketball Media Day (video) yesterday with a bit more than a week to go before opening tip-off. The staffs from both the Men’s and Women’s teams were present and answered the media’s questions. Entering a new era for the men’s program and continuing to build the women’s program, there was no shortage of topics to discuss. Continue reading Denver Basketball Media Day in Review
In some excellent news, the University of Denver department of athletics announced via Twitter that it will expand its partnership with Altitude TV, effective almost immediately. Coming off a year when most DU athletic events weren’t televised thanks to ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain’s inability to implement flexible scheduling, DU likely wanted a way to maximize its television reach. Continue reading Denver announces expanded partnership with Altitude TV to include hockey and basketball
According to the Daily Mail, in order to protect fragile competitors, a girls basketball team has been kicked out of their league because they are too good. The article stated that the Minnesota Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association (RAYBA) team can no longer play in their local basketball league because they are ‘too talented’.
They were thrown out of the league with little notice before a league tournament was to be held. According to their coach, Jason Hanauska, ‘Three teams were threatening to I guess either forfeit the games against us or flat out quit the league.’ So of course, in a display of goodwill and compromise – the league threw them out. Continue reading Stuffed – Too Good to Play