SiouxVolley Posted June 24, 2013 Share Posted June 24, 2013 As stated before, the Summit League could lose its men's basketball autobid if it doesn't get two new baseball teams by July 1, 2014. (Or at least one baseball team, and then the NCAA could grant them another year of grace until Omaha is officially DI on July 1, 2015). A way that the Summit League could change its circumstances is by organizing another men's team sport under its own banner (either football, any other men's team sport). One of those sports could be hockey: which both Omaha and Denver have. If the Summit League fails, both Omaha and Denver could likely be forced into the WAC, which both probably want to avoid. Denver is known to hate the WAC for its academics (like Grand Canyon, Chicago St, UTPA, Utah Valley) and would work to avoid ever joining that conference again. Denver and Omaha could both offer to move their hockey programs to be under the Summit banner. Colorado College would do whatever Denver does. The Summit could then offer Duluth and St Cloud St membership in the Summit and waive their entrance fees. (Duluth and St Cloud could drop scholarship football to afford the full DI move). That would be five schools, one short of needed. The Summit could offer Minnesota State-Mankato hockey membership too, making six fully DI hockey schools under the Summit banner and saving the Summit. Mankato would gladly take that offer because it wants back in with the bigger boys, but would probably would want full DI membership in the Summit just like SCSU and Duluth. That type move by Denver and Omaha to save the Summit could really put the screws to UND hockey. Only Miami, W Mich, and UND would be left in the NCHC. Maybe it could invite Bowling Green, Bemidji St, and Mich Tech and survive. But Miami and W Mich could decide to reform a new CCHA by adding schools like Ferris St, BGSU, Mercyhurst, Canisius, Niagara, UAH, or WMU and Miami could accept affiliate offers in hockey only. Doubtful that UND would want that. UND would likely be offered a Summit slot have to join the Summit - but the Summit might even demand that UND join for everything but football, which UND can't accept. Theoretically, UND might have to go back to the WCHA in order to save its affiliation with the Big Sky. There's never even been rumors about this anywhere (and really not intending to start them), but if Denver and Omaha feel threatened by the loss of Summit League affiliation (which Denver for sure would), if both programs turn their backs on the NCHC for the sake of the Summit League, a very bad scenario could come about. Denver and Omaha have a lot of power right now, and moreso if UMD, SCSU, and MSUM want to go DI in all sports. With no commissioner, the NCHC isn't in the best spot right now. What probably prevents the Summit from gaining any foothold in hockey is Douple. Doubt he could organize a rockpile, never mind a hockey conference. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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