Showing posts with label Division I (NCAA). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Division I (NCAA). Show all posts

Saturday, April 05, 2014

NCAA Hockey: Early Departures

Jaycob Megna, defense, UNO, junior, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Josh Manson, defense, NE, junior, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Ryan Faragher, goalie, SCSU, junior, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Nic Kerdiles, forward, UW, sophomore, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Gustav Olofsson, defense, C.C., freshman, Minnesota Wild (NHL)

Kevin Czuczman, defense, LSSU, junior, NY Islanders (NHL)
Caleb Herbert, forward, UMD, junior, Washington Capitals (NHL)
Phil Di Giuseppe, forward, UM, junior, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Alex Guptill, forward, UM, junior, Dallas Stars (NHL)

Ryan Dzingel, forward, OSU, junior, Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Bryce Van Brabant, forward, QU, Junior, Calgary Flames (NHL)

Ryan Haggerty, forward, RPI, Jr. NY Rangers (NHL)
Mike Zalewski, forward, RPI, sophomore, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Matt Carey, forward, SLU, freshman, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Trevor van Riemdsyk, defense, UNH, junior, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

Josh Archibald, freshman, forward, UNO, junior, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Christian Folin, defense, UML, sophomore, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Connor Hellebuyck, goalie, UML, sophomore, Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Scott Wilson, forward, UML, junior, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Pheonix Copley, goalie, MTU, sophomore, Washington capitals (NHL)

Jake McCabe, defense, UW, junior, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Jordan Oesterl, defense, WMU, junior, Edmonton Oilers (NHL)

Ryan Carpenter, forward, BGSU, junior, Worcester Sharks (AHL)

Breakdown of early Departures

UMD: 1
UW: 1
RPI: 2
UNO: 2
OSU: 1
UMICH: 2
BGSU: 1
NU: 1
WMU: 1
UNH: 1
C.C.: 1
SLU: 1
SCSU: 1
UML: 3
MTU: 1
QU: 1
LSSU:1

Saturday, September 07, 2013

UND vs. SDSU on FCS



Good news for fans that can't make the game tonight. The game will be on Fox College Sports.


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Gwoz not in the running for UAH coaching job



According to Andy Baggot from the Madison.com, former DU head coach George Gwozdecky is no longer in the running for the UAH head coaching position. This is disappointing, because it would have been interesting to see what a high profile coach like George Gwozdecky would've done with a program like UAH. Given the right support, I do think Huntsville can be a winner in the new look WCHA.
Madison.com -- Gwozdecky had an opportunity to get back into the mix this week, but said Friday he's no longer a candidate for the opening at Alabama-Huntsville, which is the only school among the 59 in NCAA Division I looking for a coach.

"The way my career has evolved, it wasn't the right fit,'' Gwozdecky said.

That's not to say the opportunity at the newest Western Collegiate Hockey Association member lacked appeal. He and his wife, Bonnie, flew to Alabama and met with Huntsville athletic director E.J. Brophy this week. The school is looking to replace Kurt Kleinendorst, who resigned last month to pursue opportunities in the pro ranks.

"I was really impressed,'' Gwozdecky said of the school and the city. "It could be a real gem.''
I do think that Gwozdecky would be an interesting choice for the WCHA Commissioner as well. That would be interesting as well. Thoughts on that?
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Links.

Good morning from snowy Grand Forks, ND. The holiday season is upon us and soon UND men’s and women’s hockey will be getting ready for the stretch drive.
As some of you know, Brandon Veale of the Mining Gazette put his moronic spin on the formation of the NCHC.  In my opinion, I believe that that article was really unnecessary, and basically give the Houghton newspaper a black eye... If you watched the video of the Wednesday press conference you will see that
UND head coach Dave Hakstol was very complimentary of MTU and I also think that UND will continue to play the teams like BSU, MSUM and MTU after UND leaves the WCHA for the NCHC. 
With the formation of the NCHC and the B1G there are some teams in the new WCHA that are already starting to see the pinch finically. Jack Hittnger of the Bemidji Pioneer lays out BSU’s problems that the Bemidji State is currently experiencing.
As most you would expect Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey goes down the same road as Brandon Veal of the Mining Gazette. I guess he feels if he insults UND fans that we will flock to his blog. I am disappointed because UND has done a lot to help out the small market teams, UND traveled to Bemidji before they were a member of the WCHA and they will continue to play BSU after they leave for the NCHC.
Chad from A Tradition of Excellence has his links up this morning.
Here are my series notes from the Hockey Writers Combine; UND vs. Michigan Tech.
Joe Paisley and Tyler Buckentine from USCHO have their weekly picks up.
Stephen Anderson of the Mining Gazette has his series preview.
I am glad that this guy de-committed from UND to play in the OHL.
According to Joe Paisley, Altitude Sports is going to broadcast Saturdays C.C. game. That game should be on 681 on DirecTV.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bison Football players making national news for voter fraud

The North Dakota State University football team is getting some unwanted scrutiny and press after it was revealed to the media and fans that eight NDSU football players – four of which are starters have been caught in a voter fraud case. That story has now hit the national media and the NCAA site as well.
CBSSports.com --- Eight North Dakota State University football players, including four starters, are among 11 people charged with faking petition signatures in a scheme that will keep two well-funded initiatives off the November ballot.

Bison coach Craig Bohl said the players will be eligible to play this weekend against Colorado State and any team discipline would wait until after the criminal case was resolved.

The players were hired, at $9 an hour, to gather signatures for two citizen initiatives, one to set up a state conservation fund and the other to make marijuana legal for medical treatments. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Tuesday that many of the petition signatures were copied from phone books or fabricated.

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said he was told petition circulators had to get at least 50 signatures each day and those that collected at least 80 names received bonuses. Workers who fell short of those goals would have had an incentive to add names, he said.

Those charged include starting running back Samuel Ojuri, defensive backs Marcus Williams and Brendin Pierre, and offensive lineman Josh Colville. Backup defensive backs Bryan Shepherd and Aireal Boyd, reserve middle linebacker Antonio Rodgers and Demitrius Gray, a freshman wide receiver, also face charges. Gray is a redshirt and does not travel with the team.

School officials said Tuesday that players would be available only to talk about football matters and not the court case. Bohl said he did not expect the charges to be a distraction to the defending Football Championship Subdivision champions.
Yesterday NDSU football coach Craig Bohl said he had known about the ongoing investigation for some time now and none of the players that are involved in the voter fraud scandal will be suspended until after they get their day in court – if ever – honestly, I wouldn't count on any disciplinary action coming from this coaching staff. Of course most of us know, this will probably never hit the court room while the Thundering Herd is playing during the 2012 season, so basically this will be brushed under the table.

If the four are starters – junior running back Samuel Ojuri, junior defensive backs Marcus Williams and Brendin Pierre, and junior offensive lineman Josh Colville are to suffer any consequences they will be minor and come during the offseason when no one is paying attention.

Links to the Story

NDSU football has 8 players under voter fraud investigation - Detroit Lakes on-line

Charges against 8 Bison football players expected in voter fraud case that kills two ballot measures - Fargo Forum

Eight NDSU football players facing fraud charges - StarTribune

Eight NDSU football players face petition fraud charges - Argus Leader

Voter Fraud: Bison players among 11 facing voter fraud charges - Jamestown Sun

Bohl: All eight Bison players charged with voting fraud still on team, will have their day in court - Dickenson Press

8 NDSU football players charged in petition fraud - Minot Daily News

8 NDSU players charged with petition fraud - Yahoo Sports

Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Academic concerns could relax DI recruiting rules

It would be interesting to see what kind of an effect this rule will have on Division I college hockey. 

I don’t know if I am all that thrilled about coaches talking to eighth graders about their colleges and or universities. I would rather have the kid worrying being a junior high student and being a kid.
Michelle Brutlag-Hosick, NCAA.org --- Division I is considering loosening some recruiting rules to allow coaches to communicate in writing with prospects as young as eighth grade – but only on the subject of the new academic standards for DI student-athletes.

Incoming Division I student-athletes are not required to meet the higher academic standards until 2016. But because of the nature of some of the changes, prospective student-athletes starting high school this fall need to be aware of the new expectations so they can decide which high school courses they need to take.

Communicating with prospects has always been a challenge. The membership adopted recruiting rules to protect high school students and help them focus on academics instead of college athletics. However, some of the rules have had the opposite effect, pulling college coaches out of living rooms and preventing them from imparting the message that academic success is crucial for college student-athletes.

Recognizing that dichotomy, the Division I Committee on Academic Performance began exploring different ways to communicate with prospective student-athletes about the new expectations. One possible solution is to allow coaches greater access to young people, not to recruit them but to help them understand the new standards.

“In suggesting the loosening of rules, the committee put recruiting concerns aside and came together as educators for the good of all student-athletes,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs. “Of course, some parameters will be in place. The committee wants to make as many student-athletes as possible aware of what’s expected of them. The earlier these students know the expectations, the more prepared they can be academically and the more successful they can be in college.”

The committee is interested in allowing coaches to immediately provide any and all academic information to prospects in eighth grade or older. The information could be provided both in hard copy and electronically in some format that is standard to all schools.
Just like any other rule – I am sure there will be coaches that will become masters at using this rule to exploit it to the max. This will be done other the guise of wink, wink, wink, I was explaining the benefits of my college or university’s education package and we didn’t talk about the ___________ team one bit. I guess anything to get the coach in the student athlete’s living room earlier.

In college hockey its seems like once a kid reaches the tenth grade, if that kid is tearing it up, someone is watching that kid to see if it’s a player that they would like to recruit and have them come to their college/university. College hockey is already getting commitments from young players – do we want to go any younger?

Friday, February 10, 2012

So who is bluffing?

Big Sky Conference logoImage via WikipediaHere is a good break down on the latest from the Big Sky Conference and their concerns about UND and the school retaining the Fighting Sioux Nickname by Tom Miller of  the Grand Forks Herald.

Faison also addressed the idea from some nickname supporters that the school’s administration has been misleading in the league affiliation process.

“The Big Sky is a legit concern,” he said. “Whether people want to believe it or not, I can’t help that. I know it. I’ve been in this business 35-plus years, and I’m telling you, we have a problem. And the answers to solve that problem if it goes down are not there. We can’t exist as a Division I independent.

“As far as conspiracy concerns, I leave that with the JFK folks. It’s reality that we are where we are. It’s reality that I’ve talked to Joel Maturi (Minnesota athletic director) and Sean Frazier (Wisconsin deputy athletic director) and we’ve been working on schedules for 2013-14, but that stops because of the nickname and logo. They can’t play us. That’s reality. That’s nothing I’ve made up. That’s been on the books for eight years. We lost a home and home with the University of Iowa in women’s basketball — the opportunity to host a Big Ten team here. This isn’t fiction. This is all real, and we have to deal with reality. That’s my job.”

Faison stressed the importance of competing against men’s hockey rivals Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“I’ve heard from some fans that say it doesn’t matter if we can’t schedule Minnesota,” Faison said. “I look at them incredulously (and say), ‘Really?’ Of course it matters.” [Grand Forks Herald]
The question is who do you want to believe? Personally, call me crazy if you want, but I don't think the Big Sky Conference is bluffing this time, not like some of the pundits claim they are. My first question, how the hell do they know if the Big Sky is bluffing or not? Have they interviewed the presidents of the Big Sky Conference? I would be willing to bet that they haven't.

Time will tell I guess and I  do not want to see the UND athletic department get hurt and suffer. I am alumnus of UND and I have two degrees from this University. I love the Fighting Sioux nickname but the time to fight the NCAA was 2-3 years ago. Where the heck were these people then? Where was Al Carlson back then? Carlson was sitting on his hands doing nothing.

The first team that is going to suffer the wrath of the NCAA is the Women's Hockey team if they end up in the top four. The first round of the NCAA tourney is held at the home arena of the higher seed. UND is close to being in the top four. They win a few more games and you never know where they could end up, they could be right there.

 But who cares right?

How about the fans, players and family members that follow the UND Women's team.

I have to say that I don't want to watch UND play some non nondescript NAIA or Division II school like Sioux Falls College, Minnesota State University, Moorhead or Minnesota Crookston in football, those match-ups don't excite me, when I know we could be watching Eastern Washtington, the University of Montana and or Montana State in football.


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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Really Jack...

Jack Campbell with Team USA U-18.Image via WikipediaWow! Jack Campbell doesn't like the new NCAA rule that allows colleges and universities to pay a $2,000.00-per-year stipend to their athletes. That money is a drop in the barrel, it's chicken feed. I am not sure why Campbell would be opposed to it?
Jim Parker, Yahoo Sports --- Long an opponent to paying athletes, the most notable change will see the NCAA allow conferences the option to pay athletes a $2,000-per-year stipend to cover incidental costs of college. That’s over an above the money paid out for scholarships, which can cover tuition, fees and books as well as room and board.

“I’m a little disappointed the NCAA felt they had to do that,” Spitfires goaltender Jack Campbell said. “You go to school because you want an education.”

NCAA president Mark Emmert said the move isn’t meant as a pay-for-play, but rather a recognition that athletes train year round and because of that cannot get a part-time job to cover some costs.

“Two thousand (dollars) will buy a nice laptop, but it doesn’t matter,” the 19-year-old Campbell said.
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