My own opinion is that any new sport should conform to the following:
1. It must be a sport that a significant number of Iowa high school athletes participate in.
2. It must be a sport in which other Big 12 conference schools field a team
As of today, I would support adding any of the following: baseball, men’s swimming, and men’s tennis.
I would not favor adding a men’s ice hockey team, or a men’s soccer team. There is no conference backing of these sports. However, because of the popularity of these sports with Iowa youth, I would whole-heartedly support efforts of our athletics department to lobby other member schools of the Big 12 conference to begin ice hockey and men’s soccer programs. I think the conference is missing out on a couple of great sports here.
I would not be in favor of adding men’s gymnastics, women’s field hockey, men’s volleyball, or men’s lacrosse. These do not offer an opportunity to a large enough pool of Iowa high school youth.
The team I would like to see added is hockey, the team that would make the most sense adding is men's swimming. We have the facilities, the tradition, and it would nicely complement our women's team.
The other problem that we would have ot think about is title 9. I realize I said add one sport, but we may be forced to add two sports.
Swimming isn't difficult to recruit simply because it is based largely on time. You dont' have coaches running all over to see swimmers, and in most cases, recruits aren't flown in for visits.
That said Men's swimming isn't coming back considering ISU is building a new rec facility that didnt' include a competition pool. This is sad considering what Tornadoman said is very true about schools having both Women's and Men's programs.
I would love to see hockey, it was one of my favorite things to watch when I was at ISU. I'm not sure that would give me the same feeling though, that it did at the old Ice rink out by towers.
I did some reading on ice sheets though, in big arenas. I didn't get any exact numbers, but they all keep the ice up, year around. Unless a big gig comes in like the circus or something that takes over for weeks at a time. I can't imagine the cost in keeping the floor frozen in Hiltong? I can't imagine that it would be a cheap venture.
My next choice would be baseball. Which again, leads to a lot of cost just to give them a playable surface and decent facilities. At least with swimming and diving we already have something for them. I'm sure it could use an upgrade, but it seems like an easy fit since their facilities are the same as the womens' team we already have.
Men's swimming, it's silly to not have both men's and women's program, it hurts swimming recruiting
baseball.... iowa, illinois, nebraska, michigan st, etc. can all be competitive in baseball, there is NO reason we can't be. There are some VERY good baseball players in the state of Iowa to recruit.
The new facility doesn't free up Beyer for practice and competition, but rather it frees up more time for all other students, which is OK.
How many D1 men's swimming programs are there right now? Isn't it less than 40?
What are the chance that Beyer hall could someday be renovated for a new pool?