Also need to work it out with the State Fair folks, granted they might be open to it, but it's another party you have to make a deal with. I'm not 100% sure even if someone threw free ice equipment into it if they'd want to get back in the game.Looks great on a map. Classic venue.
Needs millions of $$$ for new ice making equipment. Which is partly why the state tournament left.
The game is going to go away and St. Thomas is going to begin their climb up to MVFC eventually.Other big looming question is what about Tommy Johnny football game.
If ST goes for the Pioneer route, then there is no reason they can't play a yearly non-conf game against a DIII opponent. The Pioneer teams have zero chance for an at large bid. So it's win the conference or bust, which the non-con doesn't do anything for or against that.
But if they somehow decided to go for the MVFC route, the game would be dead.
Unless SJ/SB somehow decided to also move up to DI. But that is a much more flawed proposal. Even combined, I think they have well less than half of ST's endowment and well less than half of ST's enrollment. Both are true liberal arts colleges, rather than (trending towards) a comprehensive university. Both are outside the Cities market. Fine for driving up for a weekend game, but much harder for a weekday (especially in winter). Don't think they can get it done, without some massive gifts.
Interesting. I could see NDSU and SDSU being against that. It's probably tough to get non-conference FCS teams to play them.I saw some speculation on another option:
If the Summit has 6 teams playing D1 football, they could make that a "conference" sport. Like the B1G with hockey once they had 6 teams.
The question is whether that would be optional or mandatory. Which I cannot answer without diving into the Summit League by-laws.
But that at least presents another possible route.
Maybe. While on one hand Villanova plays full scholarship FCS football, they are the lone outlier. Georgetown is grandfathered into a league that went from only need-based aid to scholarship, but run their program like DIII and are too proud to downgrade to the Pioneer. Butler is in the Pioneer. The rest don’t have varsity football. (EDIT: I don’t think UConn applies in this discussion, as clearly a different animal than a Catholic private school)The game is going to go away and St. Thomas is going to begin their climb up to MVFC eventually.
Agreed.I think almost 100%.
Saint Thomas coming into the Barn would be more interesting than some other non-conference matchups would be. I would suppose we could pay them less to play here because there would be essentially no travel costs. Good baseball matchup too. If they want the Gophers to play baseball at St. Thomas, they'd have to expand Koch Diamond past 250, otherwise all the games would have to be played at Siebert Field (Or US Bank Stadium).I will be happy to have a second D-1 baseball and basketball program within the state. More opportunities for the youth.
Or Target Field - a midweek game while the Twins are on the road.Saint Thomas coming into the Barn would be more interesting than some other non-conference matchups would be. I would suppose we could pay them less to play here because there would be essentially no travel costs. Good baseball matchup too. If they want the Gophers to play baseball at St. Thomas, they'd have to expand Koch Diamond past 250, otherwise all the games would have to be played at Siebert Field (Or US Bank Stadium).
Yeah a lot of these "wouldn't it be nice" proposals include a lot of extra costs / inflexibility. And a hell of a lot of empty seats in some cases.But then you’d have to pay rent at Target field. Unless the demand for seating truly exceeded Siebert’s capacity, no reason not to play at the Gopher home facility. Same goes for basketball at Williams (as opposed to Target Center).
Hockey could be a different animal, depending if UST’s new Summit friends North Dakota, Denver, and Omaha decided to bootstrap the program into the NCHC (along with say Mankato). Far fetched idea I’m sure.