WOULD BOWLING GREEN REALLY DROP HOCKEY?

     That's the word-- a distinct possibility.  The president at Bowling Green dropped hockey when she was at Kent State in 1994.  Bowling Green lost $750,000 in athletics in the last year and the school says all options are on the table.  And some believe hockey well could go.

     Bowling Green hockey is 40 years old and the school won the 1984 national title.  Ron Mason coached there prior to coming to Michigan State.  Bowling Green has finished last in the CCHA in the three of the last four years.  If Bowling Green goes, who can be next and others would surely be in line because B-G isn't the only school of its size with massive budget issues in athletics.

     I've often wondered how Mid-American Conference schools can continue doing business as usual without dropping sports.  Stay tuned.  College hockey needs reform in my opinion.  The schedules are ridiculous-- opening the season in early October with five home games for Michigan State this last October alone.  No one is in the mood and no ticket motivation is apparent for potential new fans.

     Schools llike Alaska  don't belong in the CCHA-- that's the "Central" Collegiate Hockey Association, remember?  Huntsville may be added to the league for next season, otherwise it could go out of business.  But Huntsville will cost schools plenty of dollars to travel, we can be sure of that.

     I'm still for a Big Ten hockey league-- the five schools that play need better, more attractive home schedules and they need them in the winter months, not in October.

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