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  1. Yote 53

    ND High School Hockey 2018-19

    Ok, let me preface this by saying I need to remember I am on a NoDak message board. I have taken teams all over the place for tournaments. In NoDak and northern Minnesota, body contact at the Pee Wee level is dang near full on checking. When you get to the Cities things get called a little bit tighter but still pretty failry allow contact. You get into Southern Minnesota and even less contact is allowed. Go over to Wisconsin or down into South Dakota, Iowa or Missouri and if you even breathe or look cross ways at the opponent and they fall down you will get called for a "checking" penalty. Body contact rules are not applies evenly across different areas of the country, is the point.
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    ND High School Hockey 2018-19

    Allowing body contact, yes. It used to be that way. Doesn't need to be full on, open ice checking.
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    ND High School Hockey 2018-19

    I'm almost positive this was discussed last go around a couple of years ago and dropped. There are things that come up on the agenda every year and don't go anywhere. That said, this would be a disaster. If anything, checking needs to be moved back to Pee Wees and some would even say Squirts. Checking is a skill just like skating, stickhandling, and shooting and is one that should be taught from a young age, how to deliver a proper check and how to protect yourself and receive a proper check. I guess Johnny Toe Drag will soon be making an appearance at the Bantam level now.
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    ND High School Hockey 2018-19

    I am kind of surprised to hear this. I've been taking teams up to North Dakota for years to play youth hockey tournaments and I've always felt the environment was pretty laid back. Parents and coaches seemed to "get it" and understood the hockey culture. If you want crazy go to a rink in Kansas City, St. Louis, or Chicago. St. Louis is pretty much the epi-center of absolute craziness I have ever witnessed. As for this coach who got put on leave, it's not like the old days where coaches could be very colorful with their language, times have changed. What hasn't changed is the locker room code, what is said in the room stays in the room. The kid who took the video (cell phones aren't even allowed in the locker room) should be suspended for his actions as well. Nothing is freaking sacred anymore.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    It still is vivid in my mind that prior to this run by NDSU they were 3-8, couldn't fill up the FFD, and students had abandoned the program. Success can be fleeting. The question is not how support is right now in the good times and can FBS aspirations be supported under those conditions, it is can FBS aspirations still be supported in the bad times, the 3-8 times. Even for a football program that has been as successful as NDSU my answer would have to be "no". Once they step into the big pond they are no longer special. They have no special recruiting advantages in FBS, in fact, they would be in the worst recruiting position of almost any FBS school. Nothing big to play for other than a crappy bowl in Detroit in the days before Christmas. Start losing a few games, which they would, and support starts to weaken. I don't even know why we have these FBS discussions. I don't see how any of these schools could step into the FBS world on their own. Now, if they wanted to band together to move up en mass, I could see it being feasible. But still have to remember the most we would all be playing for is a crappy, pre-Christmas bowl game. Is that enough to make it worth it?
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    I am confused. Is the Bison fan saying that UND's athletic budget is $27 million, but take out hockey and it's $15 million? So hockey costs $12 million? What about hockey revenues? Hockey is cash flow positive, pays for itself and helps fund other sports. How is that a problem exactly?
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    The entire athletic department? You sure about that? NDSU is still very good in track and field and softball but outside of that, not so much. I would say their athletic department is a bit out of balance.
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    Augie announces they are examining the move to DI

    I would agree we are seeding our own destruction except you predicated Augie landing in the Valley on a MVC public/private split. If that split where to happen where would those MVC publics go? Probably to turn the MVFC into an all-sports conference. In that case USD and SDSU are now in a league with UNI, ISUb, ISUr, MSU, etc. I would take the public side of the MVC over the private side any day of the week. Augie can have the private side, the public side of the MVC would make the more prestigious conference.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    My buddy's daughter just got a full ride to Alabama, and she's from South Dakota. Something to do with some cheer/pageant type deal. They give out 50 full rides, one for each state, for this scholarship program. I have a feeling Alabama is handing out lots of scholarships to entice out of state students to attend school there.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Seriously, it smells there. You can smell the death & blood, that packing plant smell. No way kids from California would see Greeley as attractive. Also, you do realize most college students are so broke they couldn't afford the gas to drive an hour to go skiing much less afford lift passes.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Have to agree here. I remember Greeley as being a blue collar, meat packing town. I don't see Cali students flocking to Greeley. It's not Boulder and it's not a PAC school.
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    Augie announces they are examining the move to DI

    It very well could have been, I can't really argue against you here. It makes me kind of nervous, the grip and influence that Sanford has into 3 of the Dakota schools and the Summit League conference offices. They've got their tentacles stuck in pretty deep.
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    Augie announces they are examining the move to DI

    We don't. At least many of us don't. This is all very short-sighted and not a good thing for any of us.
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    UND and the Big Sky could go FBS

    I think this is a fair statement: The Dakota schools dragged their feet and moved to D1 later than they should have. Whether it was economics, this mindset we didn't have the population base and resources to compete, or maybe we just all got way too comfortable in the NCC, for whatever reason we all stayed in D2 too long, or maybe never should have been there and should have gone D1AA when UNI made that move. Now that the schools have made that move all of us are experiencing success in D1 in one form or another, the obvious being NDSU's string of FCS Championships, SDSU with multiple Big Dance berths, USD making the playoffs in multiple sports and winning a WNIT title, UND has made the playoffs and had some success as well. Point is we have all figured out we belong here and can compete at this level, and possibly even at a higher level. So there will always be an eye to the future, a plan to position ourselves to be ready for that next opportunity when it arises. I don't think any of our schools have a plan that says "we are definitely doing this", but I do think they all have plans about being ready for a "G5" move if/when that opportunity comes. It wouldn't shock me one bit to find out the 4 schools are all talking and working together so that the next move happens together this time. It wouldn't shock me if we were talking to schools as a block both out West and in the East about future conference opportunities. We talk about the Great Northern Conference in the West, which would be a great conference, but there may also be an awakening amongst the MVC public schools that maybe an all-sport MVFC conference wouldn't be a bad idea. The Dakota schools have now proven we can more than just hang with the MVC in multiple sports. It may be a good idea for them to break away from the MVC privates and form a conference with the Dakotas, a conference full of schools with similar profiles and similar goals.
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    UND and the Big Sky could go FBS

    I think the Big Ten would take OU if they presented a plan to show the investments they are making to elevate themselves academically and from a research standpoint. They just got a major donation for a research center from a billionaire donor. OU has some big oil alumni that have major bucks. KU fits academically, Midwest school, and a storied basketball program. Doing a renovation of their football stadium and just hired Les Miles. They are preparing for the shift.
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