Well, the WCHA fan in me loves the idea of Notre Dame and either UND or UMD being in the same conference with the Gophers. And either combo will really strengthen the conference, possibly making the B1G the #1 conference in mens chk.
But the geek and B1G fan in me, feels a little uncomfortable with the lowering of academic standards. If UND had NDSU's fb program, I could see the potential for the state, with all of its new oil money and growth, to get behind the school and for the school to then make a push to improve their research rankings and funding in an effort to join the B1G in every sport and academically, etc..
Geographically a North Dakota school would make sense, but not sure it would add much of a media footprint?
If the conference ever does go to 16 teams, who else would fit the bill? The only schools I can think of with the potential and who would want to join the B1G, would be Boston College or Boston University, though not sure if BU even has fb?, and UConn. UConn has hockey, INCREDIBLE basketball, crappy fb, and is weak in the area of academics and research. BC has a great media footprint with decent athletics, but not sure if their academics and research cut the mustard or not? But I am sure they could work on that. Also not sure if BC would want to leave the ACC?
BU probably has the best academics and research of them all, and would probably jump at the opportunity, but their sports are not good.