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    TSU considering starting DI ice hockey program

    https://www.nashvillepost.com/sports...6bad5f895.html

    “The school will reportedly announce soon announce plans to conduct a feasibility study with the goal of determining the viability of starting a hockey program at TSU as well as how much fundraising would need to be done. If officials push on from there, TSU's would be the first Division I hockey team in the history of the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities.“

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    This could be good news for UAH, if they can hold out that long. It could give them a viable travel partner and make home games more attractive.

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    • #3
      Agreed on it being good for Huntsville. They’ve said they won’t continue unless they get into a conference. That’s because they need home games. I really hope they get into a conference, but I wonder even if they didn’t could surviving as an independent be easier with a few others in the same boat? I’d hope they could naturally get a few home games with existing schools with a travel incentive. Add in home and homes should both Lindenwood and Tennessee State actually launch, is that somewhat workable?

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      • #4
        The NHL has talked a lot about making hockey look more like the rest of America. Now, when push comes to shove, will they put their money where their slogans are?

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        • #5
          They appear to be 2 hours and change apart. That is easy to do a home and home. It also would be easy to get something like Clarkson and St Lawrence have going. Play in Huntsville one night and Nashville the next. The next year UAH/TSU would travel. I know Michigan Tech is very interested in these kind of arrangements. Add in they could easily get 4 games a year out of each other. Lindenwood is a bus trip away as well. Too far for a home and home, but close enough for a Friday/Sunday, Thursday/Saturday. With distance learning being the new norm, it might work out for the geographic outliers a little better.
          Last edited by Lost_Husky; 04-27-2021, 09:15 AM.

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          • #6
            It would certainly be a remarkable and exciting development to have a D1 team at a Historically Black College. Could also open the door to more teams in Tennessee with well endowed schools like Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lost_Husky View Post
              They appear to be 2 hours and change apart. That is easy to do a home and home. It also would be easy to get something like Clarkson and RPI have going. Play in Huntsville one night and Nashville the next. The next year UAH/TSU would travel. I know Michigan Tech is very interested in these kind of arrangements. Add in they could easily get 4 games a year out of each other. Lindenwood is a bus trip away as well. Too far for a home and home, but close enough for a Friday/Sunday, Thursday/Saturday. With distance learning being the new norm, it might work out for the geographic outliers a little better.
              What do Clarkson and RPI have going? I can't recall anyone playing at one, one night, and the other the next. Perhaps you meant either Clarkson and SLU or RPI and Union. Either pair is much closer than UAH and TSU.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ralph Baer View Post

                What do Clarkson and RPI have going? I can't recall anyone playing at one, one night, and the other the next. Perhaps you meant either Clarkson and SLU or RPI and Union. Either pair is much closer than UAH and TSU.
                Maybe I got the wrong school. St Lawrence maybe?
                Last edited by Lost_Husky; 04-26-2021, 03:42 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lost_Husky View Post

                  Maybe I got the wrong school. St Lawrence maybe?
                  Definitely. Clarkson and St.Lawrence are only 11 miles apart.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slowe View Post
                    TSU considering starting DI ice hockey program
                    The school will reportedly announce soon announce plans to conduct a feasibility study with the goal of determining the viability of starting a hockey program at TSU
                    What are the odds the report comes back stating that TSU really wants to have D-I hockey, the NHL thinks it would be a great idea to do so and that TSU just need to find the money and a facility? Other than those two speed bumps, the team could start play at the Div I level as early as next season.

                    Illinois, you want to chime in here? Meanwhile, Long Island just skips the whole study and starts their team no one saw coming.
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                    • #11
                      Obviously there are steps beyond feasibility studies.

                      Otherwise we’d have Oakland University, Minnesota State Moorhead, Illinois, Navy, Rhode Island, and… I dunno, maybe Wisconsin-Milwaukee or a return to Penn… by now.

                      Finding out how much money it would take is one thing. Getting that money is another.

                      But if you assume (as I do) that NHL teams (at least in part) create their own interest and thus aren’t necessarily tapping dry the market for people to get tickets to see hockey games… then Tennessee as a whole is a massively undertapped market without much beyond the Preds to compete for ticket sales.

                      Its hardly the school any of us would’ve expected, but that makes it all the more cool of it we’re to happen.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lost_Husky View Post

                        Maybe I got the wrong school. St Lawrence maybe?
                        All of the ECAC teams have travel partners. Two schools who travel to the same two schools for a weekend or who host the same two schools for a weekend.
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                        • #13
                          The link is on their athletic department’s Twitter, but they officially announced the existence of their feasibility study earlier this week.
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                          • #14
                            It would be hilarious (or maybe not so hilarious) if tennis shoe state (Endowment $61 million) could pull this off before almighty Illinois (endowment $1.9 billion (with a B)), which has been "studying" this for years.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
                              Obviously there are steps beyond feasibility studies.

                              Otherwise we’d have Oakland University, Minnesota State Moorhead, Illinois, Navy, Rhode Island, and… I dunno, maybe Wisconsin-Milwaukee or a return to Penn… by now.

                              Finding out how much money it would take is one thing. Getting that money is another.

                              But if you assume (as I do) that NHL teams (at least in part) create their own interest and thus aren’t necessarily tapping dry the market for people to get tickets to see hockey games… then Tennessee as a whole is a massively undertapped market without much beyond the Preds to compete for ticket sales.

                              Its hardly the school any of us would’ve expected, but that makes it all the more cool of it we’re to happen.
                              I'm interested to see more details about this TSU study, a lot of the details from those other "studies" weren't much for the money... basically, "Oh, Oaklan/MSU-Moorhead/Illinois you're a school in a hockey rich market and perfect IF you have the millions for the program and a facility." Even with Nashville support and the sport is growing steadily in Nashville, I'm not sure it qualifies as a hockey-rick market yet. And also until a point where there's many more hockey fans, the Preds would be poaching potential butts in seats from TSU Hockey for big games on the same day.

                              Solving these independent issues is something that College Hockey Inc, the NCAA, the AHCA Coaches Association, and the NHL all need to work together to figure out. Hockey is one of the most expensive operating sports at the DI level and the college hockey landscape pushing out schools to stay independent when they're looking for conference stability hurts the growth of the sport. As discussed on other threads here, it also shouldn't fall on the stable (and sometimes full) conferences to burden themselves taking a conference outlier. In Football the SEC doesn't add an upstart FCS upgrade program to help the good of college football, we shouldn't expect CCHA, NCHC, or even Atlantic Hockey to add an outlier they don't want. Other NCAA sports have catch-all conferences, that house new programs, schools moving up from lower NCAA levels, etc...Examples: ASun Conf men's Lax, Summit League, Pioneer Football Conference, fmr Great West Conference, etc... Those types of conferences often have less of a distinct footprint so travel can be higher, but still less than going Indy, and also there's schedule stability with conference games, conference standings, NCAA bids, etc... Those conferences help those sports grow by allowing new programs and upgraded schools room to grow. College Hockey needs that, we really haven't had that since the CHA men's ended. A conference like that for college hockey could help current Independents but also be a home for the Lindenwood, TSUs, and any other school looking to add hockey.

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