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  1. That's the type of instability the NCHC wants to avoid. It shouldn't take a championship for a program to become financially viable. Look at Providence... they're 5 years removed from a championship, have recently won in a top conference, and have shrinking attendance. If a school is relying on fans to show up after a championship, then it's not financially stable. Every program is going to have ups and downs, but if a program goes without any sort of success for a dozen years, they should still be improving their financial commitment. Michigan Tech hasn't won a championship since 1975, so I don't see how those are relevant. Yes, Tech has played hockey for a long time and their program is not going to fold anytime soon. That's completely different from showing a financial commitment to hockey. Coaches salaries are a good indicator. From the data i found, not a single coach in the WCHA can make more than $300,000 including incentives. And now the NCHC base salaries: Berry $400,000 Sandelin $400,000 Murray $230,000 plus $110,000 in appearance/media fees Bergeron $305,000 Gabinet $250,000 As a private school, CC and DU aren't listed, but CC is building a new on-campus arena despite a huge lack of success in the NCHC. That's a financial commitment to hockey that is what separates the schools the NCHC wants to include from ones who do just enough to keep their program around.
  2. You literally posted that Mankato likely needs to win a championship to get into the NCHC. What does that have to do with the economic and academic viability you are now touting. The NCHC was formed once the writing was on the wall that the B1G teams were leaving the WCHA. That meant there were a significant number of schools still in the conference who didn't have a history of prioritizing hockey: the Alaskas, Bemidji, Mankato, Tech, and SCSU. The other 5 started discussions with Miami, Western, and Notre Dame. The Irish had their NBCSN deal which the nchc coveted but not if it wasn't going to be an even split. After months of discussions, the NCHC schools said no to Notre Dame's demands one last time. That left 7 schools and they needed an 8th. Looking at the options at the time, you realistically only had SCSU and maybe Ferris St and BG. St Cloud had already shown more financial commitment to hockey compared to the other two so they were added. None of it had to do with winning or media market like you say are why St Thomas and ASU will be added. The future of the NCHC is with schools in the region who improve the commitment to hockey.
  3. Bingo. But what would I know about the NCHC, I'm just naive about what happened with Notre Dame.
  4. The NCHC didn't form because of academics and media market and that's not going to drive the addition of new members. If it had, Notre Dame would have been a founding member of the NCHC. Instead, the new conference walked away from the Irish. New members will only be added if they've demonstrated both a significant commitment of athletic department personnel for hockey AND a significant commitment of financial resources. On ice success obviously is helpful, but to think Mankato needing to win a championship plays any role in their acceptance to the NCHC is naive. Mankato's best chance for joining the NCHC is ASU finishing their arena. A Bemidji/Mankato for WMU/Miami trade is a net loser for the NCHC because of the money each school contributes to the conference. While the conference is now self-supporting, there are still amounts that need to be paid per school each year.
  5. Like I said in early 2016, if UND wins a national championship, everyone can leave. They've earned it and I wouldn't feel bad if a player decided to go after a natty.
  6. Michigan Tech owns the MacNaughton, so it goes with them.
  7. Just wait until the faculty find out EWU is adding thousands of seats and millions of dollars in expenses: https://www.inlander.com/spokane/ewu-faculty-write-report-suggesting-cuts-to-athletics-budget-or-even-eliminating-it-entirely/Content?oid=19099082
  8. Just three hours? We were out there at 8am.
  9. I think getting our QB1 experience should be the first goal. Outside of Schuster for a bit last year, none of these guys have played any college football.
  10. Twins still made a similar deal with the Dodgers, plus a couple of minor leaguers and some cash money.
  11. That was my impression too. And I wasn't disparaging the Engelstads or their donations, but I was curious about why we should be thinking about the potential for a donation for the HPC when there haven't been any visible donations outside of hockey.
  12. When has the Engelstad Foundation donated money to UND athletics outside of hockey? I haven't been able to find any articles saying they have.
  13. That horn has a 14-1-0 record. You don't change a thing. It was absolutely loved by the fans in the arena in Ostrava. Outside of cheap beers, good hockey, 6,000 friendly Canadians, and great hosts it was the best thing those two weeks.
  14. But why would a team reject FBS when there are billions to be made, if they just move up by the 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 deadline!
  15. As has been mentioned in other posts, they mistakenly checked the elevation for Loveland Pass/Ski Area west of Denver instead of the city of Loveland north of Denver. Even Estes Park is below 8,000 feet but if you're talking the RMNP area, then you're looking at 14,000+ but I doubt anyone is playing on Longs Peak. Chasm Lake would be an amazing place for an outdoor skate though!
  16. I take issue with Port's article for lots of reasons, so let's break a couple down. He has issue with Bresciani calling NDSU one of the biggest and best universities in the nation. Port said this: But do we know the question that was asked? The first part of the answer from Bresciani is key: So what is that niche? I'd imagine it's a question phrased like " What does it mean to be on such a visible stage like ABC on a Saturday in January?" In that case, Besciani isn't stating NDSU is one of the biggest and best universities in all the land. He saying it's one of the biggest and best universities still playing football on national television on a Saturday after the first week of January. And in that case, he's 100% correct. The rest of your post is obviously 100% correct. Yeah, if UND cured cancer that would be a bigger deal than anything any university has ever done in sports. There's nothing saying you can't have that great mix of the four things you mentioned. And nothing in Port's article touches on that. What he does say is this: He then goes on to say that it doesn't, but I disagree. There's nothing that says a great scientist isn't also interested in football, or hockey. The same can be said for every career line. If NDSU football, or UND hockey, winning attracts students who have great potential in their career field to a smaller university because they also like hockey... that's a positive for those schools. Does it make the university better? Probably. It's not all about funding and the current set of professors. It's about attracting quality students. I guarantee UND and NDSU have attracted students they normally wouldn't have because of the success of their athletic teams. But just like Port can't prove the opposite, I can't prove the positive. But which is more likely? Sports aren't only a pleasant distraction. They're the most visible part of a university for a lot of potential students. If you think athletics don't play a decision in many a student's choice of university, then we'd be seeing much higher attendance at universities that only focus on academics.
  17. I think had they moved up to IAA in the 70s with the Montanas and other nearby schools, they all would be FBS now.
  18. I never knew BigJolly.com was a source for NHL news, but we've seen how far you'll go to track down "important" information. That includes getting trolled on other boards and then coming over here and posting things as proof.
  19. Really going to the bottom of the barrel to find this opinion piece. For reference, the author's previous article is about fighting in the NFL but randomly ends with this gem: "The NFL has a much, much bigger problem than players fighting, and that’s the disrespect for flag and country by players that was started by a disgraceful Colin Kaepernick. Instead of fining players for fighting, the NFL should kick out any player who refuses to stand for the national anthem. President Trump would love for people to hear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shout: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!”
  20. Is he defensive minded? If so, I say do it.
  21. Try leaving North America and you get used to it/ expect it
  22. In arena they announced a change and took it away on the second goal. Did he assist on the third?
  23. Seems like a fun game to see in person
  24. With everyone at 1-1 in the group, getting a -6 goal differential could be a huge issue.
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