Posted: 4/15/2013 1:25 PM
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.
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What conference does DU lacrosse, skiing, and gymnastics participate in?
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spartypants wrote: Where will gymnastics go next year when the WAC no longer sponsors it?
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spartypants wrote: I can't see the MWC starting it considering they don't have associate members in any sport except football.
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Posted: 4/16/2013 3:49 PM
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.
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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.
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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.
Posted: 4/17/2013 9:13 AM