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cooperalls
05-18-2011, 09:22 AM
Who will be next in line to join the Big Ten Hockey Conference? Will this lead to Notre Dame dropping independent status to finally join the Big Ten? Will Illinois or Indiana get enough balls to take the jump to varsity status? Any predictions?

JF_Gophers
05-18-2011, 09:57 AM
Notre Dame is never going to the Big Ten in anything.

joecct
05-18-2011, 11:53 AM
Who will be next in line to join the Big Ten Hockey Conference? Will this lead to Notre Dame dropping independent status to finally join the Big Ten? Will Illinois or Indiana get enough balls to take the jump to varsity status? Any predictions?Two factors:
(1) Until the other B1G schools see that ice hockey is a money maker, they'll stay out of it. A school needs a 5K capacity ice rink AND money for two programs (men and women).
(2) Unless E$PN and the BTN start generating (more) obscene cash flows for the B1G schools, they'll be stuck at 6 for the next 5+ years.

ND will join the B1G when the NBC contract stops paying off and there is a playoff system in the FBS schools.

Amazing how it is all tied to the money. And we thought it was education!

Rover
05-18-2011, 12:00 PM
The Tri-lams - because according to the bylaws any school that petitions can become a member on a trial basis (obscure Revenge of the Nerds reference there).;)

Happy
05-18-2011, 12:12 PM
no one. there is as much chance of the Big Ten adding a 7th team as David Stern allowing the worst basketball team ever, the Timberwolves, to win the draft lottery. it isn't going to happen.

WildShawn
05-18-2011, 01:14 PM
And we thought it was education!

we did?

FlagDUDE08
05-18-2011, 01:28 PM
we did?

If your screen name translates to "Bear Red", you did. :p

SteveF
05-18-2011, 01:31 PM
Who will be next in line to join the Big Ten Hockey Conference? Will this lead to Notre Dame dropping independent status to finally join the Big Ten? Will Illinois or Indiana get enough balls to take the jump to varsity status? Any predictions?

i think they would need pucks more than balls

TigerFan86-87
05-18-2011, 01:32 PM
no one. there is as much chance of the Big Ten adding a 7th team as David Stern allowing the worst basketball team ever, the Timberwolves, to win the draft lottery. it isn't going to happen.

The Timberwolves are still in the NBA??

SCSU Euro
05-18-2011, 02:56 PM
The Timberwolves are still in the NBA??

They tried to join the Big Ten but there was too much confusion having two teams that bad known as "Minnesota" in one conference.

MCB
05-18-2011, 03:36 PM
I think it'll be Illinois but not for another 5-10 years.

davyd83
05-18-2011, 03:55 PM
Illinois and Nebraska have already said they have no interest in adding hockey.

Happy
05-18-2011, 07:37 PM
The Timberwolves are still in the NBA??

Someone has to lose. whether it's the lottery, or regular season games.

CHFAN222
05-18-2011, 07:52 PM
Will another Big 10 school add hockey at some point? Probably yes. However in the near future it would seem unlikely unless they have a crazy donation for a hockey program like Penn State did. The Big Advantage the Big 10 has and really any program in a BCS conference has right now is they are going to be getting more money flowing into their programs due to much larger TV contracts. This would make it easier for a school to bear some of the financial risks associated with a program. The most likely time for a school to add a hockey program is if they are either building a new arena or renovating their existing one and have a student and alumni population that really want a program similar to the Umass program in the early 90s. They had a major hockey conference that welcomed them in and are in a part of the country that loves hockey and the fans and alumni for that school wanted a program.

Genbeau
05-19-2011, 12:41 AM
Many MANY moons until a current B1G school adds a shinny squad. However, I could see Notre Dame joining after their contact with NBC expires in 2015. The profitable B1G network will all of a sudden look very attractive. Another thing about ND is that beautiful rink they're building on campus will satisfy the B1G Syracuse is another. The B1G has had SU (among other schools) on its radar. SU just started a womens D1 program a year or two ago. Maybe converting the men's club team to D1 is in the future as well??

bigmrg74
05-19-2011, 10:57 AM
Yep. We're in the doldrums of the offseason now.

bigblue_dl
05-19-2011, 12:58 PM
New Mexico State.

billmich88888
05-19-2011, 01:30 PM
no team will become #7, i believe any expansion will come in pairs...7 and 8...

7&7
05-19-2011, 02:00 PM
Pac 10 will add DI hockey before B1G adds a 7th

Huskiefan906
05-19-2011, 08:22 PM
The vast majority of college hockey fans do not care for this conference.

Who cares who they add.....