Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

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LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land?  Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

More than just some good jokes: DU Whiteboard redefining Denver’s school spirit and passion

Every great student section in college hockey has something unique that makes it great. Whether it’s a creative chant or throwing a fish on the ice after a goal, each and every one of them has something different. Until the 2016-17 season, Denver lacked it. Sure, when CC and North Dakota came to town, the students showed up in force, but that was it. This year, though, despite the on-campus turmoil surrounding what the definition of acceptable school spirit is, Denver’s student section finally found that bit of uniqueness, that which set them apart: the DU Whiteboard. Continue reading More than just some good jokes: DU Whiteboard redefining Denver’s school spirit and passion

Concussions are changing the game

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Traumatic brain injuries may be one of the largest single issues facing the NCAA and member institutions

You may have seen a recent article on concussions on DenverPioneers.com. DU’s men’s soccer coach Jamie Franks was participating in a concussion seminar and the impact of brain injuries on student athletes. Recent studies have focused on the dramatic impact brain trauma can potentially have on athletes – even well after their sports career is over. Longer term, these injuries will have a major impact on how sports are played and, perhaps, even which sports are played at the NCAA level. Continue reading Concussions are changing the game

Western Illinois slides to junk bond status

The state of Illinois is out of money and Summit League member Western Illinois is on the ropes.

When downgrading the Illinois state universities, S&P wrote: “the state has yet to pass a budget for fiscal 2017 and has not conclusively communicated plans for stop-gap funding to support the state’s public higher education institutions.” Continue reading Western Illinois slides to junk bond status

REPORT: Jim Montgomery withdraws from Panthers search, will remain at DU

According to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, University of Denver hockey head coach Jim Montgomery has taken his name out of consideration to be the Florida Panthers’ next head coach. This report comes after nearly two months of speculation and rumors linking Montgomery to the South Florida NHL franchise. Continue reading REPORT: Jim Montgomery withdraws from Panthers search, will remain at DU

Beast Baptiste the New Era of Faceoff Specialist

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Faceoff specialists have been traditionally designated as “faceoff get-off” players, hence the FOGO acronym, but the University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse phenom Trevor Baptiste has completely redefined the position in his first three years at DU. Continue reading Beast Baptiste the New Era of Faceoff Specialist

It’s not just Omaha – Public Education Cuts a Nationwide Epidemic

Photo: Graph courtesy of The Bismarck Herald

The University of Denver, a private institution, continues to thrive in today’s  operating environment and is preparing to welcome more than 1,400 first-year students in September. That number is slightly higher than last year. A recent fundraiser, One Day for DU, generated $413,630 for various DU programs and Chancellor Chopp has been steadily increasing the university endowment to 607 million dollars with plans to take that figure to 1 billion dollars in upcoming campaigns.

The University of Denver has found its niche as a private university in Denver and appears to be thriving. Continue reading It’s not just Omaha – Public Education Cuts a Nationwide Epidemic

Phil Housley vaults to top of Panthers’ list

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Most recent reports coming out of South Florida have Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley moving to the top of the Florida Panther coaching candidate list – with DU’s Jim Montgomery in a solid secondary position.  General Manager Dale Tallon will not be able to interview Housley until the end of the Preds’ Stanley Cup Final run against the Pittsburgh Penguins. So expect the already long, drawn out process to continue for several more weeks. Continue reading Phil Housley vaults to top of Panthers’ list

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