SouthTexGopher wrote:As with many of your posts, that's a well-thought out and detailed response. You should consider a career in law or something.
My point on him doing nothing really wasn't related to trying to keep Minnesota and Wisconsin from leaving the WCHA for the greener pasture$ of the B1G. It was more about the fact that he didn't do anything to try and add schools to the conference to replace them. The WCHA easily could have ended up as a five-team conference without an auto-bid. That's not going to happen now...but (again, from my spot 2000 miles to the south) it sure seemed for a while like it was possible.
Always good ribbing with you.
From what I understand, the WCHA voted unanimously this past spring to invite Miami of OH and Notre Dame to join the club. That was before UND and DU took their ball and went home, however, according to the UAA Athletic Director, who indicated that the conference extended the invitation, then someone called those two schools and said "don't take the invite-- we're going to invite you....". That's pretty shady-- and not much you can do as a commish if you get blindsided like that-- out of the blue and without warning. But he did apparently did encourage the conference to act, and it did.
The other question to that, though-- was the conference better off with only 10 teams anyway? That is an open question, and one we may never find out in reality-- but it may have been his recommendation that the future is in nonconference games, and adding two teams to the WCHA could prevent a regular schedule playing B1G teams. Just a thought...