Fantastic news should it come about.
I remember interviewing Joe Battista about 23 years ago when covering the hockey team for WPSU. So many hurdles to jump over and hoops to jump through in gaining varsity status for the team back then. From Title IX to the cost to maintain a Division 1 program to the new arena necessary, we all knew it would take some time before something like this would happen. Back then, I was thinking in the five to ten year range, not the 20 to 25 year range. But regardless, this will be huge for Penn State and college hockey in general.
It will be interesting to see if they just meld into the WCHA or actually break off with the other five Big Ten schools to form the Big Ten Hockey Conference. Also, good to see the women’s program mentioned along with the men’s (probably needs to happen with regards to Title iX). This has the Big Ten Network written all over it and why it would be financially feasible for the university to take this big step. I’ve been amazed at the success of the Big Ten Network and all the positive things it is bringing to the university and conference as a whole.