Notre Dame’s future not on CCHA meeting agenda

Representatives from the CCHA are meeting Tuesday in Dearborn, Mich., but an announcement regarding Notre Dame’s future conference affiliation is not expected, according to a report on WSBT.com.

Notre Dame and its future affiliation is not on the agenda, Notre Dame associate athletic director/hockey administrator Tom Nevala told the publication.

“If our membership makes that a new agenda item in the course of the day, we will address it, but it’s not on the docket at this point,” Nevala said.

Nevala added that Notre Dame closer to making a decision about its future conference affiliation, but said he did not expect an announcement Tuesday.

“No decision’s been made,” continued Nevala. “We’re reviewing our options. When the time comes, we will have to alert our current partners and membership if that’s what we are doing, and we’ll go from there.”

25 COMMENTS

  1. Notre Dame is lame.  This isn’t football, boys….you are an above average program at best in college hockey.  Get real.  Thanks.

    • Above average at best?  No D-1 program has a better record over the last 5 years than ND.   I am afraid that with the new state of the art arena and ND education, they will be a  dominate force for years to come.  ND can do a lot of good for the college landscape.   That is real.

      • NOT TRUE !! OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS MIAMI’S WINNING PERCENTAGE WAS .689, BOSTON COLLEGE WAS .686 AND NOTRE DAME WAS .661. MIAMI AND BC WERE THE ONLY TWO I CHECKED, THERE ARE PROBABLY MORE !!

      • NOT TRUE !! OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS MIAMI’S WINNING PERCENTAGE WAS .689, BOSTON COLLEGE WAS .686 AND NOTRE DAME WAS .661. MIAMI AND BC WERE THE ONLY TWO I CHECKED, THERE ARE PROBABLY MORE !!

        • As a BU alum, I must agree (sadly) with Jhill’s mention of Boston college and point out the TWO National Championships that go along with BC’s win percentages. (Although watching 2009 live in DC was good enough for me)

          I would also point out the ND’s lone championship game was AGAINST BC and it was not a close game.

  2. Notre Dame is probably dragging thier feet waiting for a TV deal to come into place. My gut feeling is that they’ll end up in the NCHC, but obviously who knows at this point. My only beef is that the other CCHA schools are waiting on them before they move forward and try to make their own plans for 2013 (add AHA schools, or merge w/ WCHA). The sad part is, they could have stayed in the CCHA and been the flag-ship of the conference, but that scenario has not been mentioned. ND implies that the NCHC, HEast, or independant are the only choices.

  3. Good now we can form the 2013-2014 WCHA.

    NMU/MTU/LSSU/FSU
    Bemdji/Mankato/St Cloud/Moorhead St
    UAA/UAF/UAH/Bowling Green

    Home/home with own cluster. Then play one of the other two clusters home/home.

    Every other year a trip to Alaska and Alabama for the Minnesota and Michigan teams.

  4. Adding one team to Hockey East makes no sense. Adding a team outside of New England or New York makes less sense travel costs wise. Will Notre Dame leave HEA if they decide to join the B10 in the future? HEA is in no need of expansion. If ND could bring a TV contract that would be split evenly among HEA members then it might make sense to let them join.

    • HE can pick up a 12th member right in New England. It is called UConn.

      A large public school in a large television market, plus lots more added alumni in NYC, to go along wtih the BU/BC/UMass folks. Another AHL-caliber rink for UConn to host the NE Regional, along with Worcester, Providence, Lowell, Manchester and Portland already in the mix.

      Plus, there is that Notre Dame and UConn loving television entity right down I-84. Those two schools, plus the BU/BC/NH/ME grouping would be enough of a regional draw to put on ESPNU.

      • Uconn has no interest in joining HEA. Big problem with ND joining HEA is what happens if ND decides to join the B10 in all sports down the road. HEA would be left with 11 teams if they did add ND plus 1 to get to 12. They might not like their options to replace ND.

        Uconn would be a natual fit (women are already a member), but they have always rejected the idea of offering scholarships in men’s hockey. The other good fit could be RPI if they build a new rink. HEA does not have to do anything and therefore it will take a really good offer for them to add any teams.

  5. ND has no real leverage here. You can play independent in football and still be a tier one program; but in Hockey you become irrelevant. The whole ND saying they might become independent is a complete ploy; and if they did they can kiss any tournament hopes good bye. This is a soso program who has taken advantage of a weak conference they past decade.  

  6. ND has no real leverage here. You can play independent in football and still be a tier one program; but in Hockey you become irrelevant. The whole ND saying they might become independent is a complete ploy; and if they did they can kiss any tournament hopes good bye. This is a soso program who has taken advantage of a weak conference they past decade.  

  7. ND has no real leverage here. You can play independent in football and still be a tier one program; but in Hockey you become irrelevant. The whole ND saying they might become independent is a complete ploy; and if they did they can kiss any tournament hopes good bye. This is a soso program who has taken advantage of a weak conference they past decade.  

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