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  1. College Hockey Expansion

    Feel free to march into the AFA AD's office and demand that the hockey team move the the WCHA. You would be without a job so you can police here more effectively. Wasn't at all refering to the level of play but the WCHA being full of DII schools, which AFA and Ariz St want so badly wants to associate with.
  2. College Hockey Expansion

    Air Force wants games against the other academies, so if Navy starts hockey Air Force will be with them. AFA has lax too, but plays in the Southern Conference because the Patriot League has nine lax teams. Air travel doesn't seem to be a problem that AFA worries about and like Arizona St, it doesn't see the WCHA worthy of having them.
  3. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Here's a week old article on James Madison where their coach Matt Houston says that going FBS for JMU is legitimate talk. They don't need a conference now to do it, as their admin hated the idea of the Sun Belt. If they stayed CAA except for fb, their admin would probably be very satisfied as it would set them up to later get in CUSA, the MAC or even the AAC. They might need more regional independent schools like Liberty and UMASS to make an independent schedule though. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2017/08/15/james-madison-repeat-expectations-matt-houston/560269001/
  4. College Hockey Expansion

    A different developer proposes on-campus plan for U of Illinois arena http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-08-17/developer-has-different-idea-proposed-indoor-ui-sports-arena.html
  5. College Hockey Expansion

    Absolutely not. Haven't posted there for years. There is a big thread on Reddit discussing a Patriot Hockey League. Have never posted on Reddit.
  6. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    So you seem to be stating that the Alerus would not have been an upgrade over the old Winter Sports Building. Seem to recall that their wasn't sellouts after their 1997 championship. We will never know, as UND knew it had a donor in Ralph and wasn't worried. But no one thought a new arena would be as grand as it was.
  7. NHL expanding to Seattle in 2014?

    And there is talk of Kansas City again: http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/kansas-city-has-holes-to-fill-before-it-can-become-an-nhl-expansion-destination
  8. College Hockey Expansion

    Yeah, there are a lot of moving parts. There has been rumors about Penn restarting hockey and Pitt and Syracuse starting teams, and almost all of Atlantic Hockey has made upgrades in both facilities and scholarships. A league change really wouldn't be any different for Air Force. Really seems like the whole state of Pennsylvania is ready to get on the college hockey bandwagon, as they seen the success of Penn St. Something will happen, but not sure what.
  9. College Hockey Expansion

    In the Atlantic Hockey thread on USCHO, a poster says a Patriot Hockey League will form, as the Patriot League currently has BU, Holy Cross, Colgate, Army, and Air Force will join for hockey only and maybe Navy will start a varsity team. Lehigh and maybe Lafayette have money and nearby facilities to start a team. Don't think BU would take kindly to being forced into a lesser league than HE, but it can make sense for the other schools. But BU may have to move back to America East to avoid it. That would really upset the apple cart for Atlantic Hockey and the ECAC, and even HE and maybe even the WCHA, as Bowling Green wants out. Been wondering why Holy Cross hasn't been accepted into HE to backfill for Notre Dame. Maybe this is the answer.
  10. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Ralph. He was very concerned the the Big Ten would form their own league and leave us stranded with Bemidji and Mich Tech. A lot of people poo-posed this well after Ralphs passing, including some posters here. If the Ralph hadn't been given, in all likelihood we'd would be playing in the Alerus. Grand Forks asked UND if they would use Alerus Center ice if that was included, and UND said no. This was when the Winter Sports Center was known to be a rusting hulk. With the Alerus, UND would have needed a practice rink on campus and playing football and hockey on the same day would have been impossible. But mainly, UND would not likely get the top hockey recruits like they do now. Minny, Wisconsin, BU, BC, DU and maybe UMD would win the vast majority of recruiting battles. Maybe we beat SCSU and Mankato. Attendance nearly tripled with the REA and it's doubtful the Alerus would have gone over so well with hockey fans. UND would have been a relative pauper without the REA.
  11. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    And UND hockey would be in the WCHA today if not for a major gift. We need a major gift of an on-campus stadium to even contemplate FBS. UND has much more going for it than Ball St, Bowling Green, EMU, Akron, Kent St, La-Monroe, USA, Coastal Carolina, Troy, Appalachian St, Georgia Southern and others that are FBS. What we need is a stadium on-campus, as then FBS becomes a major advertising tool that we don't currently have.
  12. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Idaho St can barely fund a low level FCS program. If a conference has eight transitioning FBS schools, the NCAA has no choice under its own rules but to declare it an FBS conference when all have completed the transition.
  13. 2017 Season

    NDSU, SDSU and USD are promoting the challenge on their websites, so presume the interest comes from them. As said elsewhere, a Summit football league combining the Dakotas, Montanas, Idaho and EWU could be big, and those three schools seem to be promoting it.
  14. 2017 Season

    There is an official Big Sky - MVFC Challenge this year and UND will play a big part in it. siouxcityjournal.com/sports/football/college/usd/digest-mvfs-big-sky-announce-challenge/article-05ec3d25-d3f8-57c0-b732-9f11fc65e28c.html
  15. 2017-18 Season

    The NDSU men's game on Dec 9th at UND is part of a doubleheader mens/women's against NDSU of course. Since its a Saturday, and the hockey team is on the road at St Cloud St, it must be at the Ralph. Highly doubt they would schedule a double header at the Betty against NDSU.