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
For years, the NCAA and its hundreds of member institutions have distanced themselves from tobacco and gambling sponsorships. On the other hand, alcohol sales and various other sponsorships have made inroads over recent years at campus venues with the increased availability of alcoholic beverages and gameday advertising. Continue reading University of Colorado Announces First NCAA Gaming Sponsorship; Could & Should DU Be Next?
Despite their best efforts to launch campus classes, Colorado College administrators announced a move to off-campus learning yesterday. The Fall block started on August 24th and ends September 16th. Continue reading Colorado College Moves to Remote Learning
When Arizona State University joined the ranks of Division I hockey several years ago, the Pioneers gained a new western rival. The recent addition of St. Thomas, which is making the jump from Division III to Division I in all sports, to the CCHA creates yet another potential common hockey opponent for DU in the Summit League, joining North Dakota and Omaha, fellow NCHC rivals. Continue reading St. Thomas Skates into the CCHA and onto DU’s Radar
The NCAA announced Friday that it is moving non-football fall championships to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement applies to all NCAA fall sports except the highest level of college football, the Football Bowl Subdivision, which is governed by a separate independent body, the College Football Playoff. Continue reading Fall Chaos Has Implications for all Division I Athletics
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
DU’s newly added sport, Women’s Triathalon, has been moved to the spring but new head coach Barbara Perkins is going full-speed building her team, establishing a competitive culture and dreaming of achieving history at DU. But, Perkins concedes that it will take time no matter how easy it is to get caught up in her enthusiasm for the sport.
(Assuming hockey and hoops start with conference games only in January).
- DU fans pleading to bring football back to the DU campus
- Snow soccer
- Omaha men’s soccer pretending that they really have a chance
In an news release Monday afternoon, the Summit League announced the postponement of all conference fall sports to the spring.
Fall collegiate sports will be postponed until the spring of 2021 when, hopefully, COVID-19 vaccines and treatment are expected to be more readily available. The fate of DU hockey has not been made by the NCHC to this point. While this decision became more likely over the past several days, the loss of spring sports will be a disappointment to many and a reminder that these times are anything but ‘normal’.
The Summit League will hold a press conference tomorrow and we will report additional details as they become available.