Last week set off a chain-reaction of schools dropping athletic teams as the result of COVID-19 and other cost factors. Augustana had a ‘virtual’ campus tour with Summit League Presidents this past weekend. Expect a decision on the Vikings application for admission within several weeks. Add to all this, Summit League commissioner Tom Douple said last week that he expects some members to drop sports as well as several members to add teams. Continue reading Examining the changes on the collegiate sports horizon
Athletic-department cuts have forced Bowling Green State University to drop its baseball program, saving the school a half-million dollars annually. The move will eliminate two full-time coaches and a part-time coach. There are also 34 student-athletes affected by the move. Continue reading College Athletics Adapt to New Financial Realities
In a wide-sweeping Wednesday interview about league matters with KWSN’s “Sports Talk with Craig and John,” Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said Augustana will receive a campus visit and interview from league officials in Mid-May, as planned, although it will now be a “virtual” tour and interview. The conference’s school presidents, presumably including DU’s Chancellor Jeremy Haefner, will then use the information from the visit and vote on a possible invitation to the Vikings in late May. Continue reading Augustana to Receive a Virtual Tour and Summit Membership Vote this Month
For years we have openly dreamed about DU membership in the Mountain West Conference or the BIG EAST, packed with schools just like the University of Denver. Sure, it means jumping onto a plane and traveling 1,000 or 2,000 miles for games, often in non-revenue sports, but this was in the old ‘normal’ and made good sense.
There is a hard truth ahead of us.
The 2020-2021 collegiate athletic seasons may very well be lost.
With a COVID-19 vaccine still expected 12-18 months away and disease transmission still largely fueled by physical contact between people, Universities, sports leagues (and fans) will likely not take the risk of filling stadiums and arenas until such risk has been effectively mitigated. Administrators (and parents) are also not likely to want to expose student-athletes to travel, cramped locker rooms and contact sports with the associated risks. The same concerns extend to the wider University of Denver community — as it may well need to reduce potential liability through exposure in classrooms, common areas, busy dorms, and social interactions. Therefore, it is possible, if not probable, that much of the next school year could be held online, rather than in-person.
Senior lacrosse star Ethan Walker has an extra year of eligibility. Junior women’s lacrosse star Quintin Hoch-Bullen now has two years of eligibility. Freshman women’s golf star Anna Zanusso – the same Anna Zanusso who carded an NCAA record 61 earlier this year – gets a full 4-year do-over. Yesterday, the NCAA Executive Council approved an extra year of eligibility for all spring NCAA Division I and II athletes. In the case of the University of Denver, this includes the men’s and women’s lacrosse, tennis, and golf.
As for gymnastics basketball and skiing – all three classified winter sports – will not receive special eligibility treatment under the new ruling. Continue reading NCAA Officially Grants Blanket Eligibility Waiver for Spring Athletes
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According to College AD, athletic departments will take their first financial haircut in April when proceeds from the NCAA Basketball Tournaments would have been distributed. Instead, the NCAA will distribute $225 million in June to Division I members to specifically focus on supporting college athletes. This sum represents 37% of the budgeted $600 million that was to be distributed following March Madness. The NCAA receives most of its revenue from the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship television and marketing rights, as well as championship ticket sales. Continue reading Denver Athletics to Receive First NCAA Revenue Hit
While we’re grieving for those people, jobs, and sports seasons that have been lost in this COVID-19 pandemic, we should also get ready for the financial fallout that is already following in its wake. And while it’s still difficult to think about money when lives are being lost all over the world to this virus, the economic consequences from this crisis are significant and only going to get worse for many colleges and universities, especially those such as DU, which are so tuition-dependent for revenue. Continue reading DU’s Financial Losses Due to COVID-19 Already Are & Will Continue to Be Substantial
The last two days have felt like a decade. Every five minutes, the news cycle delivered a new body blow and the bad news flowed flowing like the dang Colorado River. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA delivered the news that fans would not be permitted to attend any winter sports championships including March Madness and the NCAA Hockey Tournament. This news, of course, was followed up by the NBA suspending its season Wednesday night after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus, better known to some as COVID-19. And that was just Wednesday. Continue reading And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports
Tim Healy is a regular contributor to LetsGoDU on collegiate skiing.
Denver Skiing exited Day 2 of the NCAA championships in a two-horse race in Bozeman, Montana. Denver fell behind the University of Utah following today’s men’s and women’s freestyle events. With two days remaining and several of Denver’s strongest events remaining, the NCAA pulled the plug with a nationwide cancellation of NCAA events due to the Coronavirus. Continue reading DU Ski Team Quest for Championship #25 Ends with NCAA Cancellation