According to the St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud State University will say 'No' to any offer to joining the new proposed "Super League". SCSU President Earl H. Potter III said today that, "We expected to be in conversations about being in a new league. But as we looked at it ... we intended to say ‘no.’ " Potter also stated, "We intend to stay in the WCHA and a take a leadership role to continue the legacy of the WCHA." Gino Gasparini, SCSU's special athletics adviser, will attend a meeting next week of representatives of the remaining WCHA schools to continue discussions about the conference’s future.
You can read more of the article here: SCSU won't join hockey super league
Quick Couple Thoughts:
- Good for St. Cloud State trying to save the legacy that is the WCHA.
- SCSU will likely be the undoubted leader of the WCHA and will be poised to help the nations best, most winning conference continue.
- Two years from now, it is very likely the the WCHA will lose its supremacy in college hockey and St. Cloud and the rest of the member schools will have a difficult time (but not impossible) job of keeping it highly competitive.
- With these new, upcoming confrence changes will new rivlaries start to develop over the next 2 years? I could see some new/ stronger rivalries with Mankato and Bemidji developing.
- St. Cloud should have greater opportunities for conference titles and NCAA appearances in the new WCHA.
- I sure hope St. Cloud, Potter, and Gasparini know what they are doing. I think this is a risky move to automatically say "No" to the "Super Conference" (before even being asked into it) but sometimes a risky move is a right one. I could see this being one of the first decisions in this mess to be made in the best interest of hockey instead of just what is best of a single team.