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schiegs
05-17-2013, 02:04 PM
Atlantic Hockey will go to 13 scholarships in 14-15, and 14 scholarships in 15-16. They are also in talks with two insitutions about expansion.

http://www.atlantichockeyonline.com/news/2012-13_News/policychanges051713

Discuss...

Jim
05-17-2013, 02:39 PM
Sounds like they are going to replace UConn plus add a 13th member. Kind of a strange number for a conference. I guess you do a 1 game play-in to the playoffs, and do away with the pod system for scheduling?

Aerman
05-17-2013, 02:59 PM
Screw the play-in, make somebody stay home!

mar7967
05-17-2013, 04:10 PM
Per Chris Lerch's article: "The commissioner said the league plans to return to 12 teams and expects to add one of two schools that have shown major interest. Sacred Heart athletic director Don Cook will chair the expansion initiative."

http://www.uscho.com/2013/05/17/atlantic-hockey-boosting-scholarship-limit-eyeing-replacement-for-connecticut/#ixzz2TaBRIJs1

lmg6841
05-17-2013, 04:19 PM
A 13 team conference? Unless the teams joining are strong, like when Air Force/RIT/Niagara/RMU joing, this will hurt PWR. Also, unless they implement a cut off at 8, 10, or 12 teams, the likelihood of getting into the NCAA just got worse.


Per Chris Lerch's article: "The commissioner said the league plans to return to 12 teams and expects to add one of two schools that have shown major interest. Sacred Heart athletic director Don Cook will chair the expansion initiative."

http://www.uscho.com/2013/05/17/atlantic-hockey-boosting-scholarship-limit-eyeing-replacement-for-connecticut/#ixzz2TaBRIJs1

lmg6841
05-17-2013, 04:20 PM
Well, until RIT moves up to D2 the scholarships wont be meaning much to us. Unless, that is, every other team starts out classing us.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
05-17-2013, 04:53 PM
There are currently two institutions that have expressed interest in replacing Connecticut.

Naturally, one wonders who the two schools are that have expressed interest. One has to assume that until the rules for D-III schools playing up are relaxed that our top suspects will be D-II schools currently playing D-III schedules and any school looking to start a new program. Of the latter, Navy is the sentimental favorite.

lmg6841
05-17-2013, 06:38 PM
URI, Navy, and St. Anslem are still in the running right? I guess we'll hear soon since the article says they're awaiting applications.


Naturally, one wonders who the two schools are that have expressed interest. One has to assume that until the rules for D-III schools playing up are relaxed that our top suspects will be D-II schools currently playing D-III schedules and any school looking to start a new program. Of the latter, Navy is the sentimental favorite.

slowe
05-17-2013, 06:48 PM
It said two institutions. So one of those three either withdrew or was eliminated from consideration. Let the guessing begin.

schiegs
05-17-2013, 08:36 PM
Bet: URI and St. A's

Hope: Navy and St. A's

CornwallAce
05-17-2013, 08:40 PM
Hopefully it is only one year of 11 teams. Though it will make teams playing Air Force more than twice not have to deal with the one road game issue.

Anyone have an in with St. A, Navy or Rhode Island?

LtPowers
05-18-2013, 09:46 AM
Well, until RIT moves up to D2 the scholarships wont be meaning much to us. Unless, that is, every other team starts out classing us.

That's my biggest concern here. This puts RIT at an even bigger disadvantage.


Powers &8^]

hockeyjunkie10
05-18-2013, 10:31 AM
That's my biggest concern here. This puts RIT at an even bigger disadvantage.


Powers &8^]

The rest of the AHA, maybe sans AFA, wishes they were as "disadvantaged" as RIT...

Best fan base in the league, the Ritter is already one of the best, pure college barns/experiences in the NCAA and they obviously are upgrading there. In addition, the league tournament is a home game on steroids as you take the Ritter multiply it times 5 and move down the street! Plus as far as the scholarship thing goes, RIT has a healthy (to say the least) financial aid set-up. Life is pretty easy for RIT compared to the struggles of their counterparts...

joecct
05-18-2013, 10:41 AM
The rest of the AHA, maybe sans AFA, wishes they were as "disadvantaged" as RIT...

Best fan base in the league, the Ritter is already one of the best, pure college barns/experiences in the NCAA and they obviously are upgrading there. In addition, the league tournament is a home game on steroids as you take the Ritter multiply it times 5 and move down the street! Plus as far as the scholarship thing goes, RIT has a healthy (to say the least) financial aid set-up. Life is pretty easy for RIT compared to the struggles of their counterparts...

As long as they don't give preferential aid to athletes, RIT is OK.

Pink Pony
05-18-2013, 11:01 AM
Expansion? My vote is for Navy.

komey1
05-18-2013, 12:36 PM
That's my biggest concern here. This puts RIT at an even bigger disadvantage.


Powers &8^]

I have this concern as well. Atlantic Hockey was a great landing spot for the Tigers as they would not be in as much of a competitive disadvantage with scholarships.

As for the league, I think the biggest positive is that it will help the AHA get some better players by being able to offer scholarships. That would help OOC results.

I'm curious how the vote went, though from the article it sounds like the scholarship increase passed easily. This does increase costs, which goes against the "cost containment" mantra we have heard about the league. I just hope this doesn't cause a team like AIC to fold.

slowe
05-18-2013, 02:57 PM
Looks like the two schools are URI and St Anselm. Sorry Navy fans.

http://bostonherald.com/sports/college/2013/05/atlantic_hockey_eyes_st_anselm_uri

RIT Fan
05-18-2013, 05:35 PM
The rest of the AHA, maybe sans AFA, wishes they were as "disadvantaged" as RIT...

Best fan base in the league, the Ritter is already one of the best, pure college barns/experiences in the NCAA and they obviously are upgrading there. In addition, the league tournament is a home game on steroids as you take the Ritter multiply it times 5 and move down the street! Plus as far as the scholarship thing goes, RIT has a healthy (to say the least) financial aid set-up. Life is pretty easy for RIT compared to the struggles of their counterparts...

There is nothing easy about financial aid. RIT can attract high caliber Atlantic hockey players, do in part to high level academics, crowd and arena. But to be competitive on the national stage, scholarships must be the next step. The team slipped down this year and I fear with more scholarships out there now, things will only get harder for Wilson and the team.

joecct
05-18-2013, 06:33 PM
There is nothing easy about financial aid. RIT can attract high caliber Atlantic hockey players, do in part to high level academics, crowd and arena. But to be competitive on the national stage, scholarships must be the next step. The team slipped down this year and I fear with more scholarships out there now, things will only get harder for Wilson and the team.All schools without BCS football will eventually start losing the arms races. Think Yankees / Dodgers / Angels / Red Sox vs. rest of MLB. Sure the other guys win once in a while, but most are SOL on Opening Day.

schiegs
05-19-2013, 12:30 AM
I'm seeing multiple factions of RIT fans on this board (which is perfectly understandable given the impressive size of their base.)

One mindset is of concern that increased financial commitment of AHA risks RIT falling behind in competitiveness.

The other is a "hold your nose" and tolerate the lack of financial committment of AHA (or even better, join then tell other members they should leave) until RIT gets the red carpet rolled out for their invite to nWCHA/HEA/ECAC.