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.
Following the COVID-19 cancellation of the NCAA’s Division I men’s and the women’s basketball tournaments this past March, the NCAA doled out $400 million dollars from their cash reserves to member institutions to help fund ongoing athletic operations. That left the NCAA in the same place as many of their member institutions – cash strapped.
While the focus has been on football and the slow, progressive cancellation and postponement of all other Fall sports to this point, with basketball – the NCAA’s other huge moneymaker that isn’t football – slated to tip off in less than three months, it’s right now when we should be asking questions like what if the NCAA and its members have to cancel March Madness yet again this season? And could there be long term consequences for the sport? Continue reading NCAA Faces Financial Cliff if March Madness is Cancelled Again
While the Power 5 conferences (PAC-12, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, ACC) remain steadfast in fall sports, many other smaller conferences have decided to cancel, postpone or push their fall sports into the winter or spring. If DU was to make such a move, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball would be the most impacted by such a move. Continue reading Fall Sports Beginning to Feel Effects of COVID Cancellation/Postponement
Denver women’s basketball announced the hiring of Doshia Woods to guide the program. Coach Woods comes to DU as an experienced assistant from Tulane University. Other stops included the University of Missouri, Oregon State, New Mexico State, and Western Illinois. Continue reading DU Adds High Energy, Up-Tempo Coach to Guide Women’s Hoops
It appears that Jim Turgeon is no longer the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Denver. While DU has not posted a press release detailing Turgeon’s departure or the circumstances related thereto, the school has posted a new job listing for head basketball coach and has removed Turgeon from the DU athletics web site. Our sources would not confirm Turgeon’s departure, nor the cause of his earlier administrative leave since January of 2020, reportedly for what was considered to be insensitive behavior. Continue reading Women’s Hoops Coach Jim Turgeon Apparently No Longer at DU
- David Carle has completed his incoming freshman class – and still no official word as to whether Ian Mitchell will be departing before his senior season, though it is still all but a given that he will sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. The incoming class includes two 2019 NHL Draftees in D Antti Tuomisto, Assat U20 (Finland) 2nd round pick (35th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings and F McKade Webster, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) 7th round draft pick (213 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The remaining three members are F Connor Caponi, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) from Brookfield, Wisconsin, D Reid Irwin, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), from Victoria, B.C, and D Josh Luedtke, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) from Minnetonka, MN. We will have more on this incoming class later this year in our annual season preview.
The past weekend was bookended by a premier lacrosse showdown between #8 DU and #11 Duke at a sold-out Peter Barton Stadium and #5 Denver Gymnastics performing in front of 5,500 fans in Magness Arena. If athletics are ‘the front porch’ of a university, Denver was just a few heads short of a visit from the fire marshall. Continue reading Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans
DU women’s basketball (11-14, 5-7 Summit League) shocked the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits on the road Thursday night in Brookings, S.D., 72-62. The Pioneers had not defeated the Jackrabbits in five years of conference play. The road win was directed by Associate Head Coach Kayla Ard.
The Pioneers were led by Madison Nelson’s 27 points along with Uju Ezeudu’s 7 points, 4 steals and 10 rebounds. Continue reading Denver Women’s Hoops Stuns South Dakota State, 72-62
It’s no secret the DU athletic department is hitting on all cylinders. Nearly every Pioneer sport is excelling except for hoops, both men’s and women’s these days. DU gets great bang for its buck as the top non-football Division I athletic department in America for 11 of the last 12 years, but what is even realistic for a school like DU? Is the chase for relevance in hoops even worth it when the sport can only be currently funded to be competitive in a mid-major conference like the Summit League?
The 2018-2019 University of Denver Women’s Basketball season is over, as the Pioneers were curb-stomped in the second round of the WNIT, 88-66 by the University of Idaho Vandals before a boisterous crowd filling the historic, old Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho on March 24th.
The Vandals, from the Big Sky Conference, were led by Makayla Ferenz, who put up a game-high 33 points against a porous DU defense. DU was led by Junior Madison Nelson with 19 points in the losing effort. Continue reading Idaho Crushes Pioneers in WNIT Second Round, 88-66, Ending DU’s season