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  • #16
    Re: Illinois Fighting Illini Hockey is back

    Structurally, the B1G ruins the college hockey we knew and loved.

    But financially, it is going to work for the big schools and that isn't going to go unnoticed by other big schools.

    You have rabid fanbases like Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Oklahoma that will go to games and support teams.

    Hell, that goofy little club program in Tuscaloosa is starting to really become a fixture down there.
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    • #17
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      I, for one, welcome our new college hockey overlords.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by NMU8405 View Post
        I, for one, welcome our new college hockey overlords.
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        • #19
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          This is right up there with the "Phil Kessel to Northeastern?" thread a few years back.
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          • #20
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            The original post was on Saturday saying the announcement would be "tomorrow". It is now Monday. What happened?
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            • #21
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              Nice Jerseys

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              • #22
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                Boy, chalk this up to yet another silly rumor going nowhere.

                In the past few years, there's been a rash of "this school might go D-I" threads, that it's getting kind of tiresome.

                Illinois
                Eastern Illinois
                Buffalo
                Minnesota State-Moorhead
                Colorado State

                ... help me remember more. I know we've seen a bunch of these.
                If you want to be a BADGER, just come along with me

                BRING BACK PAT RICHTER!!!


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                • #23
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                  Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
                  Boy, chalk this up to yet another silly rumor going nowhere.

                  In the past few years, there's been a rash of "this school might go D-I" threads, that it's getting kind of tiresome.

                  Illinois
                  Eastern Illinois
                  Buffalo
                  Minnesota State-Moorhead
                  Colorado State

                  ... help me remember more. I know we've seen a bunch of these.
                  I believe either Kepler or DisplacedCornellian once posted a template for these sorts of threads. The only one that hasn't followed the mold is the one on Penn State.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Illinois Fighting Illini Hockey is back

                    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
                    ... help me remember more. I know we've seen a bunch of these.
                    SCHOOL RUMORED (Source)
                    Illinois (Let's Play Hockey and CollegeHockey.info tweet)
                    Eastern Illinois (self-tweeted)
                    Iowa State (Let's Play Hockey tweet, online article)
                    Buffalo (Bowling Green paper)
                    Minnesota State-Moorhead (actually pursued)
                    Colorado State (online article)
                    Kennesaw State (multiple online articles)
                    Lindenwood (multiple online articles)
                    Liberty (online article)
                    Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee paper)
                    Akron (online article)

                    Am I missing any?

                    Here is an article from two days ago quoting Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.

                    With a major renovation of the State Farm Center looming, other pressing facilities needs, and a total of 19 sports with almost 600 student-athletes to tend to, expansion currently is not on the radar of the athletic department.

                    “We’re really not in a mode where we’re entertaining those type of things right now,” Illini athletic director Mike Thomas said.

                    One of Thomas’ first acts after taking leadership of the department in August 2011 was to initiate a study of each sport and develop a strategic plan to identify and address its needs.

                    “We’ve got to take care of our own (sports) right now,” he said. “Not to say (expansion) opportunities won’t come down the road in the future .. but at least as we sit here today, our focus is really on the teams we currently sponsor.”
                    Not exactly the words of an athletic director about to announce a new varsity sport.

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                    • #25
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                      Did you people really think a school as big as Illinois would announce a varsity hockey team and NO ONE would have heard any rumors about it beforehand?

                      This is why this messageboard is the most entertaining on the Internet.

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                      • #26
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                        Originally posted by John Biasi View Post
                        SCHOOL RUMORED (Source)
                        Illinois (Let's Play Hockey and CollegeHockey.info tweet)
                        Eastern Illinois (self-tweeted)
                        Iowa State (Let's Play Hockey tweet, online article)
                        Buffalo (Bowling Green paper)
                        Minnesota State-Moorhead (actually pursued)
                        Colorado State (online article)
                        Kennesaw State (multiple online articles)
                        Lindenwood (multiple online articles)
                        Liberty (online article)
                        Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee paper)
                        Akron (online article)

                        Am I missing any?
                        Not that I can think of. I think the UW-M one actually was included in a feasibility study (more accurately, one that said "no freaking way" when it was filed).

                        I guess you could also include any of the usual "what if" rumblings you find on this board, where people wonder about Navy, Syracuse, Rhode Island and Penn/Columbia.
                        If you want to be a BADGER, just come along with me

                        BRING BACK PAT RICHTER!!!


                        At his graduation ceremony from the U of Minnesota, my cousin got a keychain. When asked what UW gave her for graduation, my sister said, "A degree from a University that matters."

                        Canned music is a pathetic waste of your time.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by John Biasi View Post
                          SCHOOL RUMORED (Source)
                          Illinois (Let's Play Hockey and CollegeHockey.info tweet)
                          Eastern Illinois (self-tweeted)
                          Iowa State (Let's Play Hockey tweet, online article)
                          Buffalo (Bowling Green paper)
                          Minnesota State-Moorhead (actually pursued)
                          Colorado State (online article)
                          Kennesaw State (multiple online articles)
                          Lindenwood (multiple online articles)
                          Liberty (online article)
                          Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee paper)
                          Akron (online article)

                          Am I missing any?

                          Here is an article from two days ago quoting Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.


                          Not exactly the words of an athletic director about to announce a new varsity sport.
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                          • #28
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                            Originally posted by John Biasi View Post
                            SCHOOL RUMORED (Source)
                            Illinois (Let's Play Hockey and CollegeHockey.info tweet)
                            Eastern Illinois (self-tweeted)
                            Iowa State (Let's Play Hockey tweet, online article)
                            Buffalo (Bowling Green paper)
                            Minnesota State-Moorhead (actually pursued)
                            Colorado State (online article)
                            Kennesaw State (multiple online articles)
                            Lindenwood (multiple online articles)
                            Liberty (online article)
                            Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee paper)
                            Akron (online article)

                            Am I missing any?
                            St. Anselm and Rhode Island (USCHO)
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                            • #29
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                              Originally posted by John Biasi View Post
                              SCHOOL RUMORED (Source)
                              Illinois (Let's Play Hockey and CollegeHockey.info tweet)
                              Eastern Illinois (self-tweeted)
                              Iowa State (Let's Play Hockey tweet, online article)
                              Buffalo (Bowling Green paper)
                              Minnesota State-Moorhead (actually pursued)
                              Colorado State (online article)
                              Kennesaw State (multiple online articles)
                              Lindenwood (multiple online articles)
                              Liberty (online article)
                              Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee paper)
                              Akron (online article)

                              Am I missing any?
                              Wisconsin-Green Bay ... GB shot it down the day after.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
                                Boy, chalk this up to yet another silly rumor going nowhere.

                                In the past few years, there's been a rash of "this school might go D-I" threads, that it's getting kind of tiresome.

                                Illinois
                                Eastern Illinois
                                Buffalo
                                Minnesota State-Moorhead
                                Colorado State

                                ... help me remember more. I know we've seen a bunch of these.
                                Nebraska
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                                Pretty sure this post, made on January 3, 2016, when UNO was 14-3-1 and #2 in the pairwise, will go down in USCHO lore as The Curse of Tipsy McStagger.
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