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HumRsky
07-08-2011, 07:32 AM
Will the rest of the WCHA join with the rest of the CCHA? Is this the death knell for some or all of these hockey programs? Will this actually raise interest at schools that will finally be able to compete for and/or win conference titles? Will St. Cloud, Bemidji, Northern, or Fairbanks dominate?...I don't think it will good for St. Cloud, but if we can keep our poop in a group and win the conference somewhat regularly it might not be too bad either. It will also be easier to root for St. Cloud AND Duluth.

Flashy Man
07-08-2011, 07:45 AM
Well Tech just invested $1.5 million in head coaching salary, they've committed in that part to rebuilding once and for all.

bigblue_dl
07-08-2011, 07:49 AM
Some details on how it went down are in this article: http://www.adn.com/2011/07/07/1957236/wcha-breakup-will-leave-uaa-jilted.html

If this is true, it is the slimiest most disgusting display I have seen in a long time. These people are the scum of the earth. Maybe, if we're lucky, the AD's from these schools will step out into traffic. :mad: :mad: :mad:

Flashy Man
07-08-2011, 07:55 AM
Well I'd say there's a good shot at a Green Bay conference tournament now.

AFHockeyFan
07-08-2011, 08:09 AM
All they have to do to keep the autobid is invite Air Force. Keeps the Colorado footprint for the conference and reduces travel/increases recruiting exposure for AF. Not saying they would accept...

FadeToBlack&Gold
07-08-2011, 08:37 AM
The WCHA leftovers will reportedly send their ADs to meet in person next week, somewhere in Minnesota.


A call to WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod was not immediately returned Thursday. Cobb said that at the annual WCHA meeting in April, there wasn't a hint that any school was thinking about leaving the league.

"At our meeting in April we voted to extend an invitation to Miami and Notre Dame," Cobb said, referring to a pair of CCHA teams. "That passed with 100 percent of the vote. Nobody said they were unhappy. We left the April meeting and basically some of them contacted Notre Dame and Miami and said, 'Don't take the WCHA invitation, we're going to invite you to join our super league.'

"I blame everybody for being less than honest with their own league members. It's a really sneaky back-door deal."


Ugly if true

bigblue_dl
07-08-2011, 08:40 AM
The WCHA leftovers will reportedly send their ADs to meet in person next week, somewhere in Minnesota.
I would hope that the WCHA leftovers and the CCHA leftovers all met as a large group, to try to put together a plan that would be the best for every school hung out to dry. You know, looking out for the entire group instead of being *******s like UND, DU and Miami of Ohio

7&7
07-08-2011, 08:44 AM
Leftover league is going up the tubes, much like vomit.

Draighlicht
07-08-2011, 09:07 AM
One other thing to keep in mind here is that Robert Morris and Niagara have both expressed interest in moving to the full scholarship limit. That would require them to leave Atlantic Hockey. Certainly room in the CCHA now.

...and if Alabama Huntsville can't find a home now they never will.

Patronick
07-08-2011, 10:02 AM
Best case scenario, if Notre Dame does indeed leave for Hockey East, would be for Air Force to join the new Great North conference and let Ala-Huntsville take thier spot in Atlantic Hockey. That at least gives everyone a home. But, for whatever reason, AF seems to enjoy flying 2500 miles for every away game...they already have the planes, I guess.

FlagDUDE08
07-08-2011, 10:18 AM
Best case scenario, if Notre Dame does indeed leave for Hockey East, would be for Air Force to join the new Great North conference and let Ala-Huntsville take thier spot in Atlantic Hockey. That at least gives everyone a home. But, for whatever reason, AF seems to enjoy flying 2500 miles for every away game...they already have the planes, I guess.

Warm up the planes! Warm up the planes!

bigblue_dl
07-08-2011, 10:28 AM
I don't really want AFA in the new conference. No offense to Air Force, they are a great program, but at this point, the travel in any of these new leagues is going to be hell. 2 Alaska schools, BFE Bemidji MN, 3 schools in the UP of Michigan, 2 schools in lower Michigan, 1 in Ohio and 1 in Alabama. Add another long travel commitment to Colorado Springs? No thanks. As long as AFA is happy in AHA, playing Army, that is probably where they should stay for now.

FadeToBlack&Gold
07-08-2011, 10:52 AM
I don't really want AFA in the new conference. No offense to Air Force, they are a great program, but at this point, the travel in any of these new leagues is going to be hell. 2 Alaska schools, BFE Bemidji MN, 3 schools in the UP of Michigan, 2 schools in lower Michigan, 1 in Ohio and 1 in Alabama. Add another long travel commitment to Colorado Springs? No thanks. As long as AFA is happy in AHA, playing Army, that is probably where they should stay for now.

Agreed, and I think they would reject any overtures from the post-DU/CC WCHA.

HumRsky
07-08-2011, 12:13 PM
I don't really want AFA in the new conference. No offense to Air Force, they are a great program, but at this point, the travel in any of these new leagues is going to be hell. 2 Alaska schools, BFE Bemidji MN, 3 schools in the UP of Michigan, 2 schools in lower Michigan, 1 in Ohio and 1 in Alabama. Add another long travel commitment to Colorado Springs? No thanks. As long as AFA is happy in AHA, playing Army, that is probably where they should stay for now.

Do the Alaska schools still pay for opposing schools to come play them? I would think the best way to work that would be to have travel partners go up and play each of the Alaska schools on consecutive weekends, eliminating a second trip to Alaska.

I know we'll have the MacNaughton for the regular season title, but the Playoff Champion trophy has also already been released:
http://www.countryliving.com/cm/countryliving/images/CLX0406WIT07DG-de.jpg

Beer Pong Horn
07-08-2011, 12:35 PM
Do the Alaska schools still pay for opposing schools to come play them? I would think the best way to work that would be to have travel partners go up and play each of the Alaska schools on consecutive weekends, eliminating a second trip to Alaska.

I know we'll have the MacNaughton for the regular season title, but the Playoff Champion trophy has also already been released:
http://www.countryliving.com/cm/countryliving/images/CLX0406WIT07DG-de.jpg

I figured it'd be this:

http://hazenchristensen.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/free-manure-sign.jpg

bronconick
07-08-2011, 12:42 PM
Do the Alaska schools still pay for opposing schools to come play them? I would think the best way to work that would be to have travel partners go up and play each of the Alaska schools on consecutive weekends, eliminating a second trip to Alaska.

I know we'll have the MacNaughton for the regular season title, but the Playoff Champion trophy has also already been released:
http://www.countryliving.com/cm/countryliving/images/CLX0406WIT07DG-de.jpg

I think there'd have to be a NCAA exemption to stay in Alaska away from campus for the middle week. The Alaska schools have it for when they go on road trips, so it's not unheard of.

MavsFan
07-08-2011, 03:00 PM
They can't go spend ten days in Alaska to play both teams in one trip. It's not permitted by NCAA rules.

FadeToBlack&Gold
07-08-2011, 03:03 PM
They can't go spend ten days in Alaska to play both teams in one trip. It's not permitted by NCAA rules.

And we all know that those rules are bent and broken only for football and basketball teams. :)

bigblue_dl
07-08-2011, 03:05 PM
They can't go spend ten days in Alaska to play both teams in one trip. It's not permitted by NCAA rules.
They can apply for an NCAA exception though, which may or may not work out.

Squarebanks
07-08-2011, 03:06 PM
They can't go spend ten days in Alaska to play both teams in one trip. It's not permitted by NCAA rules.

Then why do UAF and UAA each do it twice every season? Or are we just extra super-special?