Budget Cuts Roil North Dakota

The University of North Dakota athletics department faces a $1.4 million dollar budget shortfall. The new university president, Mark Kennedy, is looking to make potentially drastic decisions regarding athletics. In an open letter to the UND community, Kennedy states, “(We will) examine UND Athletics to make sure we have an athletics program that best fits the University of North Dakota in terms of a number of factors, including the sports we participate in, conference participation, the number of athletes that we serve, and the cost of the programs.” Continue reading Budget Cuts Roil North Dakota

Flagship Program Aims to Buck Lowered Expectations

Photo: CIBER Field will host Friday night’s Colorado Cup match DU vs. Colorado State

A 4th place predicted finish – in the Summit League?

That was my reaction when I saw Jeff Hooker’s flagship program pre-season 2016-2017 ranking. Heading into last season, USA Today  selected DU as on of the top 10 places to play women’s soccer in the entire nation. Not that long ago, the Pioneers were facing CU in a packed CIBER Stadium with a first-round NCAA match on the line. And the Pioneers program had marquee players who were not only well known in the local soccer community but the nation as well – Kristen Hamilton, Taryn Hemmings, and Nicholette DiGiacomo.

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All Quiet on the Western Front

So what is the status of Arizona State’s move to a new conference?

Several months ago, the College Hockey News reported in an article that the Sun Devils were finalizing their agreement to enter the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). This report came on the heels of Notre Dame leaving the Big East and joining the Big 10 Conference. Many initially thought that this move would be followed by ASU’s move to the B1G. However, ultimately the Big 10 did not want to add Pac-12 member ASU to the party. So, logically, the next best second option for Arizona State is the NCHC based on league quality, geography, and fit.  Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front

Lax Capital Safe – For Now

According to an article in Today’s U Sports  Despite Utah News, Potential New Lacrosse Programs Face Roadblocks, DU’s trademarked ‘Lacrosse Capital of the West’ slogan will remain both symbolic and real over the immediate term.

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DU releases Men’s Hoops non-conference schedule, will play Texas A&M

Yesterday, the University of Denver Men’s Basketball team released its non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season. With this being head coach Rodney Billups’ first season on the sideline for the Pioneers, there was much anticipation for what kind of opponents he would land. Continue reading DU releases Men’s Hoops non-conference schedule, will play Texas A&M

Pacific Rim Line loses another as Trevor Moore signs with Toronto

Earlier today, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced via Twitter that they have signed former University of Denver forward Trevor Moore to a three-year entry level contract. The announcement comes on the heels of Moore’s reportedly “great” development camp with the Maple Leafs earlier this month. Continue reading Pacific Rim Line loses another as Trevor Moore signs with Toronto

‘DU District’ Helps Athletics

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp has endorsed the creation of a ‘DU District.’ Her vision, as outlined in her 2025 strategic plan, is to build a more cohesive, active community in and around DU to include the campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. The idea is to connect the University more closely with the community, create a distinct identity, and take an active role in the rapid growth of residential, commercial, and retail development surrounding University Park. Continue reading ‘DU District’ Helps Athletics

Big 12 Agrees to ‘actively evaluate’ Prospective Members

According to an article in SB Nation, while the board of directors of the Big 12 did not formally announce a decision to expand,   they “have given commissioner Bob Bowlsby the green light to ‘actively evaluate’ the interest of those who might want to join the conference.” After months of back and fourth, it looks better than ever that the Big 12 Conference will add either two or four new teams.  Continue reading Big 12 Agrees to ‘actively evaluate’ Prospective Members

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