Conference Basketball Coaching Change Could be Game Changer

He’s a new head coach. He was an assistant coach for a power 5 program and he was a good recruiter. Sound like Rodney Billups? I’m talking about the new coach of South Dakota State University – TJ Otzelberger. Continue reading Conference Basketball Coaching Change Could be Game Changer

DU Hoops Takes a Pass on Signing Day

The top reasons DU hoops did not sign a prospect to a National Letter of Intent yesterday:

  • Just because everyone else is doing it…
  • Couldn’t find a pen
  • Signee too tall for the doorway
  • Waiting for Kobe to return phone call
  • Lost his number
  • When ‘Family Advisor’ left an empty suitcase, DU filled it with coffee mugs, pennants, and a fleece vest
  • First one to call DU wins
  • Waiting for Zach Miller to double at the point
  • Coaches torn between two prospects. A 9+ hour tie breaker game of h-o-r-s-e raging in Hamilton gym
  • Who signs anything on the 13th?

LetsGoDU will update you when DU Basketball announces their new scholarship player.

Gymnast Nina McGee Goes for Texas-Sized Achievement

Denver’s toughest athlete is set to compete against the nation’s best.

DU gymnast Nina McGee will be heading to Fort Worth later this week to compete in the women’s NCAA Gymnastics championships as an individual qualifier. Unlike many other competitions, McGee will be traveling to the event without any of her teammates. She will be a contender for the national all-around championship after finishing 11th overall last year. The championships will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, April 15-16. Continue reading Gymnast Nina McGee Goes for Texas-Sized Achievement

Open Scholarship Marks Billups’ First Move

DU has just one open scholarship roster spot for the 2016-2017 season. According to sources close to the Denver basketball program, DU has several players under consideration to fill their only remaining scholarship opening by national signing day April 13th.

Will Denver use their valuable pick as a symbolic selection and pick a local urban player? Will the Pioneers pursue the best available athlete, despite geography? Will they try to fill a positional need or select a player best capable of filling Rodney Billups up-tempo ‘vision’?  Continue reading Open Scholarship Marks Billups’ First Move

10 Frozen Four Observations From Tampa

  1. Best tweet:

  2. Worst Idea: Only allowing 25 minutes for 20,000 people to re-enter Amalie Arena for the second semifinal game on Thursday – a very bad idea.
  3. Something that should happen again: The Frozen Four in Tampa. Great venue and fantastic hosts.
  4. Biggest Off-Ice Mistake: DU failing to bring the pep band to the semi-final game. (Suggestion: If necessary, charge for the pre-game reception and let that revenue help pay to get the band to the event. Let’s fix this for Philadelphia Lax when if DU makes the Final Four.)
  5. Great Idea: The North Dakota and Quinnipiac cheerleaders added energy and excitement to the games. DU should look at sending the cheerleading/dance squads throughout Magness instead of just above the student section to build spirit and energy.
  6. Worst Decision: Some argue that DU’s timeout following a faceoff in the DU end should not have been taken. That being said, could you imagine the second guessing if DU sat on a timeout and ND still scored the winning goal?
  7. Championship Final: Take away about 7 minutes in the second period and DU played about as well as they can play. The best team won Thursday night – but the best two tournament participants met for the championship Thursday night.
  8. Amateur Hour: There must not be any beer in North Dakota.
  9. Tie – Biggest Turnaround: The team’s record the second half of the season and Monty earning Pioneer fans’ hearts. Coach Montgomery made all the right moves this year – on and off the ice. We like the way he coaches and his teams love him. It’s official – we are in the Coach Jim Montgomery era!
  10. Dress for Success: Let’s give the hockey team a first-class locker room makeover. Monty has made a locker room upgrade a priority this off-season. If Denver is to remain one of the nation’s premier hockey programs, we need to give the players competitive facilities. Even if  you can only afford $10, $25, $50, or $100 or more – let’s send a message to the administration and team.  Make it rain – fill up Ryan Peck’s mailbox: $$$$, 2201 East Asbury, Denver, Colorado 80208.

Continue reading 10 Frozen Four Observations From Tampa

Danton Heinen Signs 3-Year Entry Level Contract with Boston Bruins

Photo credit: DU Athletics

It’s official. Denver head coach Jim Montgomery announced that Danton Heinen’s days with the University of Denver are over. After a great run to the Frozen Four ending with a heartbreaking loss to North Dakota, Heinen has decided to forego his final two years of NCAA eligibility to sign a 3 year, entry level contract with the Boston Bruins. Continue reading Danton Heinen Signs 3-Year Entry Level Contract with Boston Bruins

Puck Swami: A Pioneer Fan in Tampa

Photo Credit: Damien Goddard

TAMPA, Fla. – Right now, if you’re a Pioneer fan, you’re hurting today, even though it’s been more than 24 hours since the loss in the NCAA semifinal to the dreaded NCHC rival North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

And if you’re as big a DU fan as I am, you’re hurting a lot. Continue reading Puck Swami: A Pioneer Fan in Tampa

Denver holds off upstart Villanova in snowy thriller

On a cold day in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the No. 4 University of Denver Pioneers topped the No. 18 Villanova University Wildcats 12-11 with heavy snow falling throughout the game. Despite the suboptimal conditions, the Pioneers were able to emerge with an important road victory. Continue reading Denver holds off upstart Villanova in snowy thriller

Denver Seniors to Leave Lasting Impact on Program

“This is the last time I’m going to be able to wear this jersey,” Denver senior captain Grant Arnold explained last night after losing in heartbreaking fashion to archrival North Dakota in the Frozen Four. “A lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Two surgeries on my body. A lot of great wins, a lot of great friendships.” Continue reading Denver Seniors to Leave Lasting Impact on Program

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