The Rube wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 23 3:41 pm
thinkbui wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 23 3:29 pm
Rau4SkiUMah wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 23 2:15 pm
After playing two different series against the Sun Devils what do people think of the possibility of them joining the Big Ten? We've seen them play everyone else, correct? Regionally, academically and hockey wise would they be the right fit?
Academically they'd probably be a great fit. There's still the nagging suspicion that they're trying to start a PAC-12 Hockey Conference that could put us in an awkward position if they suddenly bolt, but with the state of athletic department finances for years to come because of the pandemic, that's not going to happen anytime soon, so they could be a good affiliate member from an academic standpoint in the meantime.
Hockeywise we'll have to see what kind of team they have after Wilson and Jansons (my new favorite player to hate) graduate. If it's free of dirty players, then my criticisms of Greg Powers would be largely moot and I think I could look at him like I saw Enrico Blasi earlier in his tenure at Miami. If he recruits more Jansons-type players...you get the idea.
What you said. I know USC was thinking about it, pre-pandemic, and I thought one other school was seriously considering it. However, schools are losing money (or at least making a LOT less) in athletic departments right now.
If no PAC12, I could see B1G accepting them. I'm rather positive that the NACHOS don't want 'em.
PAC 12 has not kept pace with the B1G or SEC in terms of revenue, and lags about even with the Big 12 despite having far more population centers within their footprint. Their league office made a bunch of gambles about 10-12 years ago while the B1G was gambling on BTN that have turned into real boondoggles. Meanwhile, the B1G is flush with cash and the PAC-12 is not.
The PAC-12 just jettisoned their longtime Exec Director, so they are going to go in a different direction, but I still believe they are 5-7 years away from adding hockey en masse. Maybe if the Kraken take off in Seattle will UDub, Cal-Berkeley, and USC join ASU, but even then they still need a few more, and I don't see Colorado-Boulder, Utah, Oregon or Stanford interested.
If the B1G is going all in on playing Power 5 opponents in all sports, might as well keep ASU close to the fold.