if they all suck equally the perception of parity is great....until you play out of conference!
MIAC's mysterious push to oust St. Thomas baffling, high-handed
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UST expected to make an announcement Wednesday at 11:00 pertaining to their future. No chance to remain in the MIAC.
Our @Patrick_Reusse reporting that MIAC will announce at 11 a.m. that St. Thomas is "involuntarily" leaving the conference by the spring of 2021. More details to come.https://t.co/d89mZK5DVf pic.twitter.com/QNaehHhSMQ— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) May 22, 2019
Official statement from the MIAC that St. Thomas is being involuntarily removed from the conference as of the end of the Spring 2021 semester.
Statement from St. Thomas President Dr. Julie H. Sullivan. Sullivan announced that AD Phil Esten will lead the search for their new conference.
St. Thomas has published an FAQ on leaving the MIAC. Among the questions addresses, it says that "should the conference we join not offer a sport that we have currently, we will explore all options (e.g., affiliate memberships) in order for all our varsity sports to continue playing."
Sad day for St. Thomas Womens Hockey and the MIAC. 99 years of history in the MIAC and what do you get? Kicked out for your level of success. The school certainly has a larger enrollment than the rest of the conference, but we are not talking HS sports. Does having the larger enrollment change the quality of recruits because your campus has more students? I don't think so. Many of the teams have about the same number athletes and they generally don't walk-on out of the general student population. They are recruited and ultimately sold on the educational quality of the University. Each of the schools has the opportunity to recruit whomever they want. Punishing success is just lowering the bar of excellence.
St. Thomas huge enrollment allows the school to recruit more athletes who might not qualify at St. Olaf or Gustavus. Their average ACT score is 24. If they accept 200 students whose score is 30 or more, they can take 200 whose score is 18 or less. That more than likely cuts out St. Olaf, Hamline and Gustavus, and probably St. Bens.
St. Thomas just doesn't fit in the MIAC. Will be interesting to see if they can immediately latch on in WIAC (which makes tremendous sense), or if they have higher aspirations and jump to D2, which means the hockey programs would have to jump to D1 (which I think they could, they just need to find a larger arena to play in.) It wouldn't be that hard to to find D1 athletes, as St. Thomas would be a more attractive option than moving far away, and there are plenty of D1 level players in Minnesota. Plus there's that 500M they got as gifts that they could put to use building a rink...
The school just has different priorities, and the MIAC is really not a conference which places that much importance on athletic excellence, never has. The fact that St. Thomas, Hamline and Gustavus are good in women's hockey is a testament to how many good players there are in this state, and those schools have done a better job recruiting them.
I don't think anyone needs to shed tears for UST.
But I think we've been missing a catch all this time. There is no D2 national championship for hockey, in either genders. And in that case, you are allowed to play for the D1 national championship even if you are D2, as long as you meet the scheduling requirements. I believe that is still true. Am I missing something?
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If they went DII, they could try to join the D1/2 NEWHA conference on the women's side. It would be awfully expensive for everyone involved though, but it would put them at 7 teams...
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