Alright folks, I think its no secret where I stand on this topic, but it would be interesting to hear from the Fanatics. I wrote a few articles on CN a few weeks ago about the possibility of Iowa State making the jump from ACHA to NCAA in Hockey and what it would take to make it happen.
Now lets talk hypothetically for a second, because there are obvious road blocks that will be tough to hurdle, but thats what we are working on right now. How do the folks here think about that? Would you want to see Iowa State make the jump? Would you go to the games? Would it be good for the school?
Just to get things going:
-College hockey has almost never failed at any university it has been implemented at the division 1 level. It has almost never lost money and most certainly would not here.
-Iowa has become the center of amateur hockey in the United States with the USHL teams in DM, CR. The best players in junior hockey are right here in the state. The kids who play on those teams are auditioning for colleges, wouldn't it be nice to keep them here?
-The Iowa Stars are beginning to find their place in Des Moines in pro hockey's AHL and Youth Hockey in Iowa is growing at a rapid pace. Adding a college team is a surefire success.
-You ask anyone in the college hockey community if they think Iowa State should make the jump and they'll tell you its long overdue and its finally time. With the great tradition the current program has, they are ready for more.
-Makes Iowa State unique to the rest of the Big IX.
-Adds another moneymaking sport to a school with decent success in sports. Hockey would be able to start anew with no past tradition of heartbreaking losses and disappointing seasons. The possibilities are endless.
-They would need a Facility, or perhaps play in Des Moines at Wells Fargo. Rennovation of Ames/ISU Ice Arena could be an option as well.
-Title IX-makes it difficult to start more sports at ISU.
Those aside, this wouldn't happen for several years, but as ISU continues to grow in athletics and expand despite declining enrollment this could be a shot in the arm in both areas. It is almost certain that ISU would be able to put together a team that would be able to compete immediately and give us a program to be proud of among some great successes of Football, Basketball, and Wrestling. While hockey would never be as big as any of those other sports here, it would be something new and something exciting.
So what do you think? All comments are greatly appreciated! Thanks.