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  • ExileOnDaytonStreet
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    It is worth reiterating that the arena that is the centerpiece of this deal isn’t just for Illinois and there are other stakeholders involved.

    So it isn’t very surprising that the pandemic has been a bigger hurdle here than, say, an Augustana scenario where just one or two big donors can make it happen out of nothingness.

    Originally posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Trev Alberts, former Nebraska LB, former AD at UN-Omaha, named new AD at Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Let the speculation commence.

    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/...letic-director
    Cutting football and wrestling at UNO was all part of his long con to get Nebraska on the ice in the ol’ Lancers barn…

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  • slowe
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    Basically nothing yet other than they’re still talking. At this point I’m happy he’s saying that instead of they’re giving up.

    Whitman weighs in on football struggles, facility upgrades, hockey and more

    https://www.news-gazette.com/sports/...a1044f636.html

    “We have restarted some of those conversations. This was an idea that obviously was very much front of mind for us for a number of years. When the pandemic hit, that conversation moved very quickly to the back burner when we left it until just recently when we re-opened some of those discussions with all of the different stakeholders,” Whitman said. “We just want to get a sense of the room in how their worlds have changed as our world has changed, and is there still an appetite to undertake this project? That’s an ongoing conversation now.”

    Whitman didn’t offer a timeline on when any decisions about the future of hockey at Illinois would take place.

    “It was a pretty complex conversation before,” he said. “I would say it certainly hasn’t gotten any simpler in light of the pandemic.”

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  • Split-N
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    Originally posted by Leather Lungs View Post

    He was being sarcastic.
    D'OH!!! This whole Illinois D1 hockey thread has become so convoluted that my sarcasm detector must have shorted out.

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  • Leather Lungs
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    Originally posted by Split-N View Post

    If not fielding a team is still an option, then how can Illinois be "100% committed to D-1 hockey"????
    He was being sarcasric.

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  • Split-N
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    Originally posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    I was told by an inside source that Illinois is 100% committed to D-I hockey, unless they decide not to field a team...
    If not fielding a team is still an option, then how can Illinois be "100% committed to D-1 hockey"????

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  • Leather Lungs
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    I don't know who Rumor is, but he doesn't have $h!t.

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  • JohnsonsJerseys
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    I was told by an inside source that Illinois is 100% committed to D-I hockey, unless they decide not to field a team. So it is clear to me that the team is going to happen unless is doesn't.

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  • 4four4
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    Rumor has it this project is still on the books. It's a done deal or close. LOL. I didn't get enough information why it's taking so long. LOL. We will see here.

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  • The Sicatoka
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    Originally posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    The Nebraska Corn-Puckers?
    Must see jersey.

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  • JohnsonsJerseys
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    Originally posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Trev Alberts, former Nebraska LB, former AD at UN-Omaha, named new AD at Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Let the speculation commence.
    The Nebraska Corn-Puckers?

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  • The Sicatoka
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    Trev Alberts, former Nebraska LB, former AD at UN-Omaha, named new AD at Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Let the speculation commence.

    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/...letic-director

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  • davyd83
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    Originally posted by 4four4 View Post

    Agreed. The CCHA doesn't have big arenas so it's not like 3,000, 2,500 or 1,100 is out of their league. To me the three new programs are in a good landing spot.
    Other than St Thomas, Ferris State is the only rink to seat less than 3,800.

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  • UncleRay
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    Originally posted by aparch View Post
    Considering this is a four year old thread and three teams have announced their intention to jump to D1 while the Illini sit on their thumbs...


    .... I'm gonna guess more people aren't writing a check than you assume.
    The only thing I'm assuming is that you didn't understand my point.

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  • 4four4
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    Originally posted by moose97 View Post

    Your direct quote was "means to seat 1000." Lindenwood is clearly above that. As is St Thomas, for that matter (1000 listed but record attendance is 1100+). Annoying? Perhaps. Accurate? Definitely more than you.
    Agreed. The CCHA doesn't have big arenas so it's not like 3,000, 2,500 or 1,100 is out of their league. To me the three new programs are in a good landing spot.

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  • 4four4
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    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post

    Yeah and AIC would play in an AHL arena, just sayin’
    {sigh}

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