Free Trial Ad
Why Subscribe?
  • Player/Prospect News
  • Exclusive Insider Info
  • Members-Only Forums
  • Exclusive Videos
  • Subscribe Now!
Inbox
Reply to TopicPost New Topic
  Page of 2  Next >

Q & A with DU AD

Avatar

Posted: 4/15/2013 1:25 PM

Q & A with DU AD 


No real news

What is one challenge that your program has overcome and one future challenge you see you’d like to surmount?

It goes without saying that every athletic department has been forced to adjust to the instability existing among collegiate sport alliances. Perhaps at no time has there been more upheaval. While the University of Denver was certainly affected, last fall we also faced the significant challenge of maintaining a viable athletics and recreation program in the face of our University serving as the host for the first 2012 Presidential Debate.

When DU’s Ritchie Center, the home for Pioneer Athletics and Recreation, was overtaken by the Commission on Presidential Debates, our teams were forced to find new venues for practices and in some cases for competitions. Our coaches and student-athletes did a tremendous job of staying focused during a time that could have seen many programs take a significant step backward. As great as hosting the debate was for our institution, it also was impressive seeing our teams and staff responding in such a positive way to vacating their home for a significant period of time.

Looking toward the future, we are squarely focused on settling into our new conference homes for several sports. We are fortunate to be competing in The Summit League starting in the 2013-14 academic year and our coaches and teams are excited to begin play. We will have 11 of our 17 sports in one league, which is great for our institution. Additionally, the inaugural season for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will kick off, so we will do our part to ensure this new conference is well represented as we get to know our new partnering institutions.



LINK
Reply | Quote

Posted: 4/15/2013 3:27 PM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


Seems like Summit it is, otherwise, if MVC were in the works, she wouldn't be trumpeting the Summit move.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/15/2013 6:12 PM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


Good find Sparty.

Denver's AD is really hard for me to figure out.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/15/2013 9:45 PM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


Here's mine (if I had a chance to ask):

Q: Really?  the Summit League?  You mean to tell me that you'd rather have conference games against IUPUI, IPFW and South Dakota instead of UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and Hawaii?  The Big West is a great fit for Denver and travel costs would be kept down due to the sports mix.  Everyone benefits with California recruitment fully opening up for the Pioneers, and the Big West gaining a footprint into the Denver market for the first time.  At the very least, it likely prepares Denver for possible entrance into the West Coast Conference (that league has seven of its ten members in the state of California with Pacific rejoining). 

So will you take back the "bus league" comments and remain in the west, where you belong?


A: ...................

Last edited 4/15/2013 9:46 PM by jdgaucho

Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/15/2013 11:50 PM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


At the announcement of Denver leaving the WAC, Peg commented that "we couldn't depend on the stability of the conference we left."  But can she depend on the stability of the conference she is going to? 

It is interesting that she notes that 11 of Denver's 17 sports will be in one league.  Which would be the same case in the WAC.  The WAC offers 19 sports, the Summit only 13, but the WAC was not asking Denver to add sports.  The Summit could use another baseball school. 

I hope Denver is not burning any bridges with the WAC.  I think this is one move Denver is going to regret.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 1:21 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


Supposedly, Peg did not like the academic makeup of the new WAC - especially Grand Canyon and Chicago State.  I don't know if that's true.  She might have taken a swipe at the WAC, definitely took one at the Big West and maybe the WCC too (7 of the 10 members next year will be in CA so they can be considered a bus league somewhat).  The MVC doesn't appear to be interested at this point in time either.

In any case, I'm pretty sure everyone would agree with the statement that the Summit was not what she and Denver had in mind.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 1:36 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


I thought NMSU had an identity crisis; Denver's could be even worse.  Their passion for hockey, skiing and lacrosse best matches a northeast profile, but their location puts them squarely in the west.  Denver has shown solid dedication to men's and women's soccer which matches up with the west coast, yet they don't have baseball or softball.  Throw in their sponsorship of gymnastics and they boast quite an eclectic sports mix!

I like Denver and believe they would be a great match for the Big West.  But if they are indeed staying with the Summit League of all places, someone should consider buying them a mirror because I think DU is confused and needs a long look into that mirror to figure out who they are.  noidea

Last edited 4/16/2013 1:39 AM by jdgaucho

Reply | Quote

Posted: 4/16/2013 9:57 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


"What's that you are trying to tell me, mirror?"

"You're beautiful baby, you're beautiful." cool
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 11:08 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


What conference does DU lacrosse, skiing, and gymnastics participate in?

Reply | Quote

Posted: 4/16/2013 11:29 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


Lacrosse: ECAC (along w/ Air Force)
Gymnastics: WAC
Skiing: Don't think they have conferences, but not 100% sure.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 11:34 AM

RE: Q & A with DU AD 


Where will gymnastics go next year when the WAC no longer sponsors it?
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 11:40 AM

RE: Q & A with DU AD 


Either the MWC starts it because it has a core of 4 schools (SJSU, USU, BSU, AF) or everyone just joins to the MPSF.


spartypants wrote: Where will gymnastics go next year when the WAC no longer sponsors it?
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 11:49 AM

RE: Q & A with DU AD 


I can't see the MWC starting it considering they don't have associate members in any sport except football.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 12:07 PM

RE: Q & A with DU AD 



spartypants wrote: I can't see the MWC starting it considering they don't have associate members in any sport except football.
Ashnel has been told the MWC is looking into sponsoring gymnastics.  That was a while ago though, not sure what the current status of that its.

Time has little to do with infinity and jelly donuts

Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 3:49 PM

RE: Q & A with DU AD 


It has been quiet everywhere. I will ask Tim Rice (ass. AD at SJSU) what is going on with Gymnastics. Slow is correct, Ashnell is the guy plugged in SJSU Gymnastics. IIRC he reported that Sac State, UC Davis, and Southern Utah were the ones considering joining as associates, that BYU was not interested and would continue as an Independent. That would leave Denver, and two DII schools, Alaska Anchorage and Seattle Pacific without a conference (unless the MPSF continues).

Denver looks hung out.

CPSLOGRAD wrote:
spartypants wrote: I can't see the MWC starting it considering they don't have associate members in any sport except football.
Ashnel has been told the MWC is looking into sponsoring gymnastics.  That was a while ago though, not sure what the current status of that its.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/16/2013 5:29 PM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 




---------------------------------------------
--- texst78 wrote:

At the announcement of Denver leaving the WAC, Peg commented that "we couldn't depend on the stability of the conference we left."  But can she depend on the stability of the conference she is going to? 

It is interesting that she notes that 11 of Denver's 17 sports will be in one league.  Which would be the same case in the WAC.  The WAC offers 19 sports, the Summit only 13, but the WAC was not asking Denver to add sports.  The Summit could use another baseball school. 

I hope Denver is not burning any bridges with the WAC.  I think this is one move Denver is going to regret.

---------------------------------------------

I would like to see Denver come back. They might have burned some bridges, but money talks and the WAC can't be too picky. I understand why some DU admins/fans would be upset about being in a league with GCU and UVU, but come on, it only makes a difference being associated with them in their own minds. Maybe they'll wake up one day and realize the new WAC is a place their teams can thrive.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 4/16/2013 10:00 PM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 



RedhawkRobert wrote:

---------------------------------------------
--- texst78 wrote:

At the announcement of Denver leaving the WAC, Peg commented that "we couldn't depend on the stability of the conference we left."  But can she depend on the stability of the conference she is going to? 

It is interesting that she notes that 11 of Denver's 17 sports will be in one league.  Which would be the same case in the WAC.  The WAC offers 19 sports, the Summit only 13, but the WAC was not asking Denver to add sports.  The Summit could use another baseball school. 

I hope Denver is not burning any bridges with the WAC.  I think this is one move Denver is going to regret.

---------------------------------------------

I would like to see Denver come back. They might have burned some bridges, but money talks and the WAC can't be too picky. I understand why some DU admins/fans would be upset about being in a league with GCU and UVU, but come on, it only makes a difference being associated with them in their own minds. Maybe they'll wake up one day and realize the new WAC is a place their teams can thrive.

Maybe if they can be in a separate division from GCU and UVU, that could placate them a bit:

WAC West
Bakersfield
UVU
GCU
Seattle
NMSU
UTPA

WAC East
Chicago St
UMKC
Denver
NDSU
SDSU
USD
Reply | Quote

Posted: 4/17/2013 1:12 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 


By my estimate, DU will place 9 sports in the Summit. The conference sponsors 13 total, but not gymnastics. And looking at those baseball standings, is it not the worst in the country? Omaha, who is in transition, is undefeated in conference thus far.

Personally, WAC and the Summit should just merge already, leaving IUPUs and Oakland to go to Horizon. Otherwise, it's a farce for low major schools to be scrambling to find a home due to conference instability. Divide into 2 divisions w/ travel partners and if it doesn't align now, with eventual defections, it will. Strength in numbers for survival, not TV dollars.

Last edited 4/17/2013 1:14 AM by DU12NJ

Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/17/2013 1:41 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 



DU12NJ wrote: By my estimate, DU will place 9 sports in the Summit. The conference sponsors 13 total, but not gymnastics. And looking at those baseball standings, is it not the worst in the country? Omaha, who is in transition, is undefeated in conference thus far.

Personally, WAC and the Summit should just merge already, leaving IUPUs and Oakland to go to Horizon. Otherwise, it's a farce for low major schools to be scrambling to find a home due to conference instability. Divide into 2 divisions w/ travel partners and if it doesn't align now, with eventual defections, it will. Strength in numbers for survival, not TV dollars.
Post of the Day.

Time has little to do with infinity and jelly donuts

Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 4/17/2013 9:13 AM

Re: Q & A with DU AD 



DU12NJ wrote: By my estimate, DU will place 9 sports in the Summit. The conference sponsors 13 total, but not gymnastics. And looking at those baseball standings, is it not the worst in the country? Omaha, who is in transition, is undefeated in conference thus far.

Personally, WAC and the Summit should just merge already, leaving IUPUs and Oakland to go to Horizon. Otherwise, it's a farce for low major schools to be scrambling to find a home due to conference instability. Divide into 2 divisions w/ travel partners and if it doesn't align now, with eventual defections, it will. Strength in numbers for survival, not TV dollars.
The WAC could take four Summit schools to get to 12 for 2014-2015.  Taking in six to get to 14 would be a stretch.  If the Horizon takes two Summit schools, the dominoes may come quickly.  A merger is unlikely, these schools would join the WAC.
Reply | Quote
Reply to TopicPost New Topic
  Page of 2  Next >