That community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence; where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.
I'm betting that UAH will be #8 when the dust settles. They would still be a long trip for most of the teams but nothing like multiple flights and multiple time zones to AK. BG is closer to UAH than MTU, MSU or BSU. From FSU it is closer than BSU and about the same as MSU.
I would not be surprised to hear that UAH was actually part of the discussions but held out of the joint press release as a way to push harder to get funding for the new rink.
What we need is someone with the authority and respect to take the WCHA, AHA and maybe a couple of ECAC/NCHC teams and make three conferences based on geography. Possibly a east/south league, a Great Lakes league and a western league. That makes travel much easier, eliminates time zone problems and fuels rivalries because you are now in the same conference as your neighbors. Ferris State and Western Michigan are 100 miles apart. Miami and BG are 200 but there isn't a heated rivalry because they're in different conferences.
I donít get all the fuss over Huntsville. Itís a 2 hour straight shot south of Nashville, which is not a hard place to fly to these days. If they are committed to building a new rink then it shouldnít be seen as going out on a limb to include them with the Shady Seven.
The Alaska schools are cooked either way.
Alaska Dispatch .... Doyle Woody
UAF made the kind of hockey history on October 10th 2015 that no team wants to claim Ė the Nanooks became the first NCAA Division I victim of Arizona State.
Originally Posted by WeWantMore At least you guys have Packers colors.
I Must be Famous ....a School named their program after me
The NCAA has zero interest in solving the issue. It's up to someone who does care about college hockey and has the gravitas to tell college administrators, coaches and fans "This is what we're doing," and have them do it. I don't know if such a person or organization exists.
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