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Old March 21st, 2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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Old March 21st, 2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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Old March 21st, 2011, 05:56 PM   #3
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Old March 21st, 2011, 07:37 PM   #4
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March 19, 2011

Big Ten Hockey Announcement Expected Monday

By Inside College Hockey

Sources tell Inside College Hockey that on Monday the Big Ten will formally announce a six-team hockey conference, set to begin play in the 2013-14 season.

WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod would not confirm knowledge of the announcement, but said he anticipates the Big Ten will make it official early next week.

McLeod added that in preparation for a Big Ten conference, the WCHA has already spoken with athletic department officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin about some kind of schedule-sharing arrangement which would allow some of the league’s traditional rivalries with the Gophers and Badgers to continue. Nothing has been formally agreed upon yet.

“We’ve been proactive about it for quite a while now,” McLeod said, adding that he had a meeting with Gophers coach Don Lucia and Badgers coach Mike Eaves last September about an interlocking non-conference schedule between the Big Ten and WCHA.

A six-team Big Ten conference, made up of Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, would mean 20 conference games, leaving plenty of room for non-conference scheduling. At least one former college player INCH spoke to on Saturday was exceedingly positive on the idea.

“I’m excited. I’ve heard about it for some time now through the alumni at Michigan and I’m really, really excited about it,” said Minnesota Wild forward John Madden, who played for the Wolverines. “It’s going to be fun to see Michigan play Minnesota a lot, and Wisconsin, the teams up this way. It’s going to be really fun.”
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Old March 21st, 2011, 07:38 PM   #5
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... makes you wonder if ND hockey doesn't join the big10. It would be a smart move on the bigten's part.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 08:44 PM   #6
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All or nothing, hockey might be the one exception the B10 makes.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 08:50 PM   #7
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might be a good way for ND fans to see what they're missing
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 06:37 AM   #8
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BTW I wouldn't invite them for hockey just think its remotely possible the B10 does. I'd still say all or nothing and B10 hockey serves as another selling point to lure ND.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 09:41 AM   #9
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I doubt that Notre Dame would want to join for Hockey only. They could gain more prestige by staying with whatever is left of the CCHA, because they will be the dominant team. Guaranteed NCAA berth every year.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 11:56 AM   #10
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Winning the CCHA now (hardest hit hockey conference) will be like winning the Big East in football, not much prestige there.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 12:42 PM   #11
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Yep. The CCHA is in big trouble. UNO already left for the WCHA after last season and now they're set to lose 4 Big Ten schools. Miami and ND will dominate and probably be the only two schools who make the NCAAs.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 03:00 PM   #12
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I wonder if UNO may eventually be invited to join Big Ten Hockey, or if that would be too much of a stretch to be considered part of the Big Ten.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 03:18 PM   #13
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I'm guessing that would be a stretch. What I would like to see for Big Ten hockey long term is not to entice UNO or ND to join for the sake of having more teams but use the exposure and BTN revenue to convince other schools to start programs. There is no reason Illinois or NW shouldn't have a hockey program, IMO, with all the talent coming out of the Chicago area. In fact, I'm sure there are suitable arenas in Chicago that NW could call home without having to build their own facility. Keep it for Big Ten schools only.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 04:45 PM   #14
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Agree with Mike, B10 likely wants its current members to start-up hockey programs. Would like to see at least a couple more conference members.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 04:48 PM   #15
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I'm kind of sad to see the Big Ten break up the CCHA.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 11:43 AM   #16
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By Adam Rittenberg

After a very eventful offseason, the Big Ten coaching carousel has (presumably) stopped spinning and the teams know who will call the shots in 2011.

All but two Big Ten teams -- Iowa and Penn State -- underwent staff changes during the winter months. The Big Ten saw an unprecedented amount of assistant coach changes within the league, which could impact the upcoming season.

Here's a quick snapshot of who's gone and who's filling the gaps (team in parentheses is where coaches ended up). Just to be clear, "out" doesn't necessarily mean fired, as several Big Ten coaches left for more prestigious positions.

ILLINOIS

Out
Dan Disch, linebackers (Southern Miss)

In
Mike Gillhamer, secondary

Internal moves
Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will coach linebackers with Ron West

Quick take: Disch's recruiting ties to the state of Florida will be missed, but Gillhamer brings NFL experience to an Illini secondary that could be a strength in 2011.

INDIANA

Out
Bill Lynch, head coach (Butler, athletic administration)
All nine of Lynch's assistants

In
Kevin Wilson, head coach
Mike Ekeler and Doug Mallory, co-defensive coordinators
Kevin Johns and Rod Smith, co-offensive coordinators
Greg Frey, offensive line
Mark Hagen, defensive tackles/special teams coordinator
Brett Diersen, defensive line/recruiting coordinator
Deland McCullough, running backs
Brandon Shelby, cornerbacks

Quick take: Indiana landed one of the nation's top assistants in Wilson to try and change the program's direction. After failing to keep several assistants he hired, Wilson finalized a young staff that includes several good hires. IU's future rests heavily with Ekeler and Mallory.

IOWA

No staff changes

MICHIGAN

Out
Rich Rodriguez, head coach
Eight of Rodriguez's assistants (running backs coach Fred Jackson is the lone aide retained)

In
Brady Hoke, head coach
Al Borges, offensive coordinator
Greg Mattison, defensive coordinator
Jerry Montgomery, defensive line
Darrell Funk, offensive line
Dan Ferrigno, tight ends/special teams coordinator
Jeff Hecklinski, wide receivers
Curt Mallory, secondary
Mark Smith, linebackers

Quick take: Hoke wasn't the sexy choice, but his passion for Michigan and for the challenge of restoring the Wolverines to glory shouldn't be overlooked. He hit a home run with the Mattison hire as they try to rebuild a woeful defense.

MICHIGAN STATE

Out
Don Treadwell, offensive coordinator/wide receivers (Miami University)

In
Terrence Samuel, wide receivers

Internal moves
Offensive line coach Dan Roushar was promoted to offensive coordinator
Tight ends/tackles coach Mark Staten now will work with the offensive line

Quick take: Roushar's promotion is the big news, and Michigan State hopes his familiarity with the scheme and the personnel leads to a smooth transition. Samuel, a Purdue alum, knows the Midwest and must aid in regional recruiting efforts.

MINNESOTA

Out
Tim Brewster, head coach
Eight Brewster assistants
Thomas Hammock, running backs (retained by new staff but left for opening at Wisconsin)

In
Jerry Kill, head coach
Matt Limegrover, offensive coordinator
Tracy Claeys, defensive coordinator
Bill Miller, linebackers/assistant head coach
Brian Anderson, running backs
Jeff Phelps, defensive line
Pat Poore, wide receivers
Rob Reeves, tight ends/H-backs
Jay Sawvel, defensive backs/special teams coordinator
Jim Zebrowski, quarterbacks

Quick take: Kill isn't a big name and neither are his assistants, but together they have won at multiple levels. The familiarity on the staff should serve Minnesota well going forward.

NEBRASKA

Out
Shawn Watson, offensive coordinator (Louisville)
Ted Gilmore, wide receivers (USC)
Mike Ekeler, linebackers (Indiana)
Marvin Sanders, secondary

In
Corey Raymond, secondary
Ross Els, linebackers
Rich Fisher, wide receivers
John Garrison, tight ends/assistant offensive line (promoted from within program)

Internal changes
Running backs coach Tim Beck promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Tight ends coach Ron Brown moves to running backs
John Papuchis, who serves as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator, added recruiting coordinator to his title

Quick take: Watson's departure and Beck's promotion are the big moves, and it seems like Nebraska needed a fresh start on offense after the struggles down the stretch in 2010. Bo Pelini surprised a few folks with his assistant coach replacements, and it'll be interesting to see how his choices pan out.

NORTHWESTERN

Out
Kevin Johns, wide receivers (Indiana)

In
Dennis Springer, wide receivers

Quick take: Northwestern loses a good one in Johns, who did an excellent job with the team's receivers. Springer makes sense as a replacement, boasting regional recruiting ties and the ability to help Northwestern both at receiver and in the kicking game.

OHIO STATE

Out
Darrell Hazell, wide receivers/assistant head coach (Kent State)

In
Stan Drayton, wide receivers

Quick take: Hazell will be missed, especially with the upcoming suspension of head coach Jim Tressel. Drayton should bolster Ohio State's recruiting in SEC country, but must adjust to coaching a new position group after working extensively with running backs.

PENN STATE

No staff changes

PURDUE

Out
Mark Hagen, linebackers (Indiana)
Brian Rock, wide receivers (Kent State)

In
Phil Elmassian, linebackers
Patrick Higgins, receivers

Internal moves
Gary Emanuel became the team's sole defensive coordinator and will continue to coach defensive line
Donn Landholm no longer will serve as co-defensive coordinator but remains on staff as outside linebackers coach
Offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Gary Nord was promoted to assistant head coach

Quick take: Elmassian boasts extensive experience as a former defensive coordinator, while Higgins comes to Purdue from a wide receiver hotbed in BYU. Emanuel was rewarded with the sole coordinator title after a strong season from the defensive front in 2010.

WISCONSIN

Out
Dave Doeren, defensive coordinator/linebackers (Northern Illinois)
John Settle, running backs (Carolina Panthers)
Greg Jackson, nickelbacks (San Francisco 49ers)

In
Dave Huxtable, linebackers
Thomas Hammock, running backs
DeMontie Cross, safeties/special teams coordinator

Internal moves
Secondary coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge both were promoted to defensive coordinator, although Ash will run the team's defense. Partridge also becomes the team's assistant head coach.

Quick reaction: Bret Bielema made some good additions, namely Huxtable, who did wonders with Central Florida's defense in 2010. I like the decision to go with one defensive coordinator, and Ash clearly has impressed in his short time on staff.
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A strenuous squat-lifting workout was the primary cause of 13 Iowa football players being hospitalized with a muscle disorder in January, a university investigation has concluded.

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Maybe we can call it the Big Twen!
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