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  • tnlong
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    We/I may or may not be there. Regardless, Coach should be given a list of potential topics well enough in advance for him to be prepared. Plus, it's a topic for advance thought for attendees also.

    Anastos leaving the CCHA is a probably a great thing. It was unlikely that UAH would ever get into the CCHA as long as he was there. Unrest, discontent, and uncertainty in the CCHA may be a path for UAH's admittance.

    The MSU job was Danton's to lose in 2007. 6-21-4, 5-20-5, and 12-18-3 at UAH sealed his fate.

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  • Douglas
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    Originally posted by tnlong View Post
    ...That's a point that I'd hope could be honestly and frankly addressed at your meeting.
    What's with the "your meeting" stuff, kimosabe... you not coming? I'd say it'd be a good thing to ask these questions yourself, don't you?

    As for Anastos leaving the CCHA: IMHO that's a good thing... especially for us as he definitely has a "big-school" bias. I saw it when he visited here and heard it in comments afterwards. Too bad for Danton as I think most people, me included, thought he would get the State job.

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  • tnlong
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    Originally posted by gfmorris View Post
    ... I'd love for you to come to a non-exclusive meeting of the Blue Line Club on Thursday, March 31st. I did not want the next time that we as boosters spoke with Coach Luongo and the hockey organization to be at the Hockey Banquest on Friday April 15th. As such, I'm putting together a gathering.

    Pretty simple: Varsity Room of Spragins Hall [where we do Coaches' Luncheons], 7:00 p.m. Thursday March 31st, open to all interested in the present and future states of the UAH hockey program. ...
    The "process" used for scheduling should be a primary topic. Specifically, how can the BLC and "friends" help? The Rensselaer alumni's involvement with their games here this year was impressive. A formal attempt should be made to connect UAH hockey with alumni leaders in Huntsville from schools that have relevant hockey programs. Additionally, each relevant hockey program in the country should be matched to either a UAH hockey alumni or influential booster for the purpose of that person reaching-out to his/her assigned program as a UAH hockey "ambassador".

    Regardless of any future UAH conference affiliation, the next several weeks could be critical for scheduling for the next several years. With the BTHC being formed and Anastos abandoning the CCHA, there have to be some "assumed" games could could be "snaked" by UAH. UAH schedulers need to be putting maximum effort into scheduling before the next "coaches" meeting rather than setting-back and waiting until the meeting.

    However, these comments are based on the assumption that there is anyone left at UAH who could/would sign a contract. The "would " part of that could be a major assumption. That's a point that I'd hope could be honestly and frankly addressed at your meeting.
    Last edited by tnlong; 03-23-2011, 05:45 PM.

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  • Back check
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    Anastos confirmed.

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  • Back check
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    Update - some posters say new coach is Tom Anastos

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  • Back check
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    Michigan State thread says Danton Cole to be named Head Coach of their program today.

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  • tnlong
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    http://www.bigten.org/genrel/032111aab.html

    "Men's Ice Hockey To Be Recommended As Official Big Ten Sport Beginning With 2013-14 Academic Year

    March 21, 2011

    Park Ridge, Ill. - The directors of athletics of Big Ten institutions which sponsor men's ice hockey unanimously announce their intention to recommend to the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors in June the establishment of men's ice hockey as an official conference sport for the 2013-14 academic year with participation by Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.

    The recommendation includes both the establishment of the inaugural Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in March of 2014, with the winner earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, and a 20-game conference schedule with each team playing the other five schools four times (two home games and two away games). In addition, the Big Ten's men's ice hockey programs will continue to proactively work to maintain a strong schedule of non-conference competition with the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

    In September of 2010, Penn State announced the establishment of men's and women's ice hockey programs set to begin competition in the 2012-13 academic year, giving the Big Ten six institutions sponsoring men's ice hockey. Big Ten rules allow for a conference championship when six institutions sponsor a program in any given sport.

    Since Penn State's announcement, the conference has researched and investigated the establishment of men's ice hockey as a conference sport. The conference has sought input and communicated both internally with conference chancellors, presidents, administrators and coaches, and externally with members of the hockey community, including the CCHA and WCHA.

    With the addition of Nebraska on July 1, 2011, the broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions will sponsor 298 teams with more than 9,500 men and women student-athletes competing for Big Ten Championships. The conference currently features 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. The last official conference sport established by the Big Ten was women's rowing in the 1999-2000 academic year."

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  • jyoung
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    Originally posted by gfmorris View Post
    This is a perfect segue. I'm sure that all of the local Huntsville people that I'll be emailing here in a few minutes are on the list, but if not: I'd love for you to come to a non-exclusive meeting of the Blue Line Club on Thursday, March 31st. I did not want the next time that we as boosters spoke with Coach Luongo and the hockey organization to be at the Hockey Banquet on Friday April 15th. As such, I'm putting together a gathering.

    Pretty simple: Varsity Room of Spragins Hall [where we do Coaches' Luncheons], 7:00 p.m. Thursday March 31st, open to all interested in the present and future states of the UAH hockey program.

    For those not in attendance, I'll work to have wider distribution of the items said at that meeting [i.e.: the Web] as is acceptable.

    If you're in town, I hope to see you there.

    GFM
    The odds are that we're not going to be able to attend that meeting. It's a 4 1/2 hour drive after a full day at work, then another 2 1/2 back again afterwards, and that's just not going to happen. I'll be in town next on the 5th of April, and we're going to try to make it the 15th.

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  • gfmorris
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    This is a perfect segue. I'm sure that all of the local Huntsville people that I'll be emailing here in a few minutes are on the list, but if not: I'd love for you to come to a non-exclusive meeting of the Blue Line Club on Thursday, March 31st. I did not want the next time that we as boosters spoke with Coach Luongo and the hockey organization to be at the Hockey Banquest on Friday April 15th. As such, I'm putting together a gathering.

    Pretty simple: Varsity Room of Spragins Hall [where we do Coaches' Luncheons], 7:00 p.m. Thursday March 31st, open to all interested in the present and future states of the UAH hockey program.

    For those not in attendance, I'll work to have wider distribution of the items said at that meeting [i.e.: the Web] as is acceptable.

    If you're in town, I hope to see you there.

    GFM

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  • UAHStatman
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    Originally posted by chargersupporter View Post
    Hopefully UAH getting considered in CCHA talks about future of league.

    http://www.uscho.com/2011/03/16/as-b...-look-forward/
    I guess that would answer the question I had about timing the announcement before the ACHA meetings.

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  • Back check
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    Originally posted by gfmorris View Post
    I will be very, very surprised if the program goes away if a conference solution is found.

    GFM
    Hopefully UAH getting considered in CCHA talks about future of league.

    http://www.uscho.com/2011/03/16/as-b...-look-forward/

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  • gfmorris
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    I will be very, very surprised if the program goes away if a conference solution is found.

    GFM

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  • fangers
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    Geoff - that kind of thing popped in my head when I saw that he was leaving so quickly, as compared to the end of the school year.

    Moose - yeah, concerning for sure, given the timing. AD candidates coming in, state budgets being finalized, hope it wasn't about cuts to athletics budgets.
    Last edited by fangers; 03-15-2011, 05:59 AM.

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  • moose97
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    Originally posted by gfmorris View Post
    What it means for hockey or anything with UAH Athletics, who knows? Despite being a nerdy academic, Dave had a strong passion for athletics, including a desire to have all teams compete on campus. Baseball and softball now have their own on-campus facilities. The obvious question becomes about hockey, but I think we can all appreciate that the uncertainty with the league situation keeps anyone at the system level from wanting to float a construction bond while state tax revenues are declining.
    Certainly concerning... All I ever heard from Danton or Chis was that, "the AD and President are behind D-I hockey..." now neither are there anymore.

    Originally posted by gfmorris View Post
    An aside: if you're in town and free tomorrow night, you should come to Spragins and see the men's basketball team play. They're in the round of 16, and tomorrow is the chance to win the region and make the D-II Elite Eight. [D-II does eight regionals, and each winner goes to Springfield, MA.] This UAH team is really, really good, and Spragins is rocking right now.
    What is this "floor basketball" you speak of?

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  • gfmorris
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    Originally posted by fangers View Post
    What sticks out to me is that it's effective 1 April.
    Dave Williams was just run out on a rail. The Times has him leaving town next month, which means that there's some bad blood going on between him and the Board of Trustees.

    What it means for hockey or anything with UAH Athletics, who knows? Despite being a nerdy academic, Dave had a strong passion for athletics, including a desire to have all teams compete on campus. Baseball and softball now have their own on-campus facilities. The obvious question becomes about hockey, but I think we can all appreciate that the uncertainty with the league situation keeps anyone at the system level from wanting to float a construction bond while state tax revenues are declining.

    An aside: if you're in town and free tomorrow night, you should come to Spragins and see the men's basketball team play. They're in the round of 16, and tomorrow is the chance to win the region and make the D-II Elite Eight. [D-II does eight regionals, and each winner goes to Springfield, MA.] This UAH team is really, really good, and Spragins is rocking right now.

    GFM

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