My guess is it's this simple: all the stakeholders are absolutely committed to moving forward with this, once they can find the money that isn't there.
behind the curtain, Whitman is likely quietly working all connections in hope he gets a major donor or two to endow the program, so to speak.
The only thing I didn't like in that article was the possibility of eliminating a men's sport. Which sport would they eliminate?
Just doing the math, hockey is 18 scholarships. We could add women's lacrosse or field hockey for 12 scholarships and then drop men's gymnastics for 6.3?
Or drop men's track and XC for 12.6 and gymnastics for 6.3? Cutting pretty close to the bone there, but if hockey is really what the DIA wants to do...
Gymnastics is one of our best sports. They are the last program to win a national title.
Is this true? Won't it already have two extra ice rinks, and if it will be hosting volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics, adequate locker rooms?Adding women's hockey is the even-steven way to do it, but that's much more expensive and makes the needs for the ice facility much more complicated with locker rooms and practice rinks and all the rest of it.
Your understanding of campus geography is sorely lacking.Someone is really going to have to explain to me why having the facility off campus makes more sense. It seems counter intuitive. I assume that idea is mostly financially driven, making the city take a significant chunk of responsibility. Student involvement would be greatly affected. I can't see students going off campus for wrestling, volleyball, and hockey, except for some die-hards.
Adding both men's and women's hockey should be a no-brainer when you're building the facilities from the ground up. It demonstrates a full commitment to the sport and shows leadership in an area with serious growth potential (women's hockey.) Any plan to add a men's team without also adding a women's team requires some seriously convoluted thinking to justify. It doesn't pass the sniff test.
If Illinois is getting into hockey, go all in.
Actually, there are four: Minnesota and Wisconsin are currently ranked #1 and #2 nationally, respectively. Ohio State and Penn State are the other two. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), there are no NCAA Div. I women's hockey programs in the state of Michigan.After sniffing around, near as I can tell, Penn State is the only Big Ten school with a women's ice hockey program.