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Old Pio
07-12-2011, 04:46 PM
Question is are they going to listen to this guy or is he just an empty suit. Another alum and I met with the previous branding consultant that DU hired on a freelance basis.

He certainly listened to us and gave back some interesting feedback. Later I noticed that some of our suggestions were implemented and he had made smany good decisions. But the first thing he said to us when we sat down was, "Boone is not going to happen." :-)

I think that DU has a good grasp of their strengths and weaknesses, but the culture of change is difficult to implement and the Chancellor has too much veto power on issues that quite frankly aren't his strength.

I would recommend to the new guy that DU go all in on school spirit and build on the momentum that the Athletic Department, students and we have achieved in the past five years. Secondly overhaul all merchandise sales in the bookstore, online and in Magness. Thirdly, be proactive in social media, traditional media and publicity instead of sitting on their asses. Finally and most important, listen to the students instead of treating them like disobedient grandchildren.

That merchandise thing has always puzzled me. The stuff in the bookstore looks like it was selected by somebody with a huge ho for DU. Much of it looks really awful. They are aware that the school colors are crimson and gold, right? And we should shoot for never being out of anything in any size, ever. Year 'round. Not always possible, of course, but that should be the goal. Yet every year seems like we've got plenty of "smalls" available but no other size. Are we expecting Vern Troyer to place an order? Otherwise, let's order fewer "smalls," okay?

I salam in your direction re: school spirit. And that's certainly where we need to continue the momentum. It's a deep cultural phenomenon that lots of loyal DU fans approach a game as though they were going to a chamber music concert. "Oh, my, wasn't that an excellent play? More wine, my dear? I do wish those student ruffians wouldn't make so much noise." You and others have helped to make great strides. But this work is never done. We've come a long way from the days when the alumni Board of Directors was informed that we "couldn't" have a pep band, because the powers that be in Lamont wouldn't get on board. Really? Do they turn those DU checks over and endorse them?

cross cheque
07-12-2011, 05:42 PM
Any word on how Jesse Martin is doing? I'm hoping one of these days I will hear that he is skating again, even if it isn't competitively it would be exciting to know that part of his life could return to him.

redhawk95
07-12-2011, 05:51 PM
I have a feeling before the puck is even dropped in this new league it will consist of 8 teams including Notre Dame. The will result in a balanced schedule of 28 games leaving DU with 6 non-conference games. Two of the games will be taken by the Denver Cup over Thanksgiving. If Air Force is not in the Denver Cup, a third game will be against them. That leaves DU with only having to schedule 3 non-conference games each year. In the past few years on Air Force weekend besides AFA, DU and CC have played a fourth non-conference school who has traveled to CO to play both CC and DU. This leaves DU with only 1 non-conference series which would likely be played around New Year's or at the beginning of the season. An 8-team league is the ideal number of schools for a conference as it results in a balanced schedule with a minimal amount of non-conference scheduling needed.

Agree completely. Though it sounds like Notre Dame wants more non-conference games to schedule Big 10 teams and BC so that might not be what they're looking for. It could be seven teams to allow for more of that. I really do hope they join. I think the larger TV deal could be contingent upon their decision -- at least with the Notre Dame Network (e.g., NBC and their properties such as Versus). Wonder what/if the AD's will say regarding additional schools at tomorrow's presser?

All's I know is I move to Colorado figuring I'll get to A (as in 1) Miami series a year if I'm lucky. Wouldn't you know it, they'll be in my back yard twice annually. Love it!

redhawk95
07-12-2011, 06:17 PM
Interesting.

That is tough competition to recruit against. If DU comes out on top of that four-way battle it will really be saying something.

Let the Super Conference/Big 10 recruiting battles begin!

dggoddard
07-12-2011, 06:19 PM
Let the Super Conference/Big 10 recruiting battles begin!We're going to crush those Big 10 losers. :)

vizoroo
07-13-2011, 12:49 PM
July 13, 2011
There are 80 days until DU's first hockey exhibition game.

July 13, 2011
The Super Six debuts.

du78
07-13-2011, 01:26 PM
It is the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).

vizoroo
07-13-2011, 11:03 PM
denverpioneers.com with PioneerVision have excellent coverage of today's founding of the NCHC, "The National" (per UND's AD Faison)

Old Pio
07-15-2011, 07:39 PM
Nostalgia has me wishing Tech could be in The National. Back in the day, they platooned Tony Esposito for cripe's sake! I'm not optimistic they can ever regain their former prominence, which is too bad. Their fans deserve better.

vizoroo
07-16-2011, 11:56 PM
Jason Zucker with a goal at the 1st scrimmage in the Wild's Development Camp. Also an interview: http://video.wild.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=845&id=120780

vizoroo
07-17-2011, 12:14 PM
Hockey is on the web live!
Wild development camp scrimmage.
#59 White Jason Zucker (UMD's Justin Fontaine)
#57 Green David Makowski (UMD's JT Brown and Jack Connolly)
Good comments on both from the announcers

1st power play unit for Team White had DU's Zucker, BU's Coyle, UMD's Fontaine and UND's Genoway!

vizoroo
07-17-2011, 12:51 PM
In yesterday's Islanders prospect scrimmage, the Rakshani led White team won the game 6-5. Matt Donovan had the hardest shot in the skills contest--95 mph, which out paced Scott Mayfield's 89 mph for Blue.

vizoroo
07-18-2011, 08:54 PM
Beau Bennett looking good at the Pens prospect camp.
http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=569521&navid=DL|PIT|home

vizoroo
07-19-2011, 11:32 AM
Nice report on Scott Mayfield from the Bleacher Report.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/770084-new-york-islanders-thoughts-and-observations-from-mini-camp

JDUBBS1280
07-19-2011, 01:39 PM
Jason Zucker with a goal at the 1st scrimmage in the Wild's Development Camp. Also an interview: http://video.wild.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=845&id=120780

I was at the Wild Development Camp scrimmage on Saturday and Jason Zucker looked VERY impressive. The kid is poised for a HUGE season this year. He and Mikael Granlund were arguably the best players on the ice.

Dmann
07-19-2011, 09:17 PM
I've been offshore for 8 days and have come back to lots au news!!! New league, awesome reports on our recruits and returning players, all very exciting! So when the dust is settled we will have the following divisions?

WCHA
NCHC
CCHA
ECAC
HOCKEY EAST
and what else?

JDUBBS1280
07-19-2011, 10:14 PM
i've been offshore for 8 days and have come back to lots au news!!! New league, awesome reports on our recruits and returning players, all very exciting! So when the dust is settled we will have the following divisions?

Wcha
nchc
ccha
ecac
hockey east
and what else?

bthc

4four4
07-19-2011, 11:37 PM
I was at the Wild Development Camp scrimmage on Saturday and Jason Zucker looked VERY impressive. The kid is poised for a HUGE season this year. He and Mikael Granlund were arguably the best players on the ice.

The faster he is out of there the better his development will be in the future.

vizoroo
07-20-2011, 11:05 AM
I've been offshore for 8 days and have come back to lots au news!!! New league, awesome reports on our recruits and returning players, all very exciting! So when the dust is settled we will have the following divisions?

WCHA
NCHC
CCHA
ECAC
HOCKEY EAST
and what else?

Atlantic Hockey
and UAH as an independent

Big 10 and NCHC don't start until 2013

du78
07-20-2011, 11:51 AM
Gwoz speaking about the new conference on ROOT Sports.

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