Arizona State University to elevate hockey team to NCAA Division I
Arizona State fired a slap shot at college athletics Tuesday by not only adding men’s hockey as an NCAA Division I sport but finding donors also willing to pay for an additional women’s sport.
The expansion is almost unprecedented in an era when men’s sports are in peril due to Title IX requirements. ASU alone since 1993 has dropped varsity men’s teams in gymnastics, archery, badminton, tennis, wrestling and swimming, although boosters raised enough funds for wrestling and swimming to be reinstated.
Anderson still is less than a full year into his tenure as ASU athletic director. He and a host of other athletic and university administrators jumped at the chance to have the Sun Devils become the 60th school in the country to offer Division I hockey once they realized boosters were willing to donate $32 million to make their dream into reality.
Don Mullett, CEO of Bradley Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that makes commercial plumbing products, is the prime donor behind what Anderson said is the largest donation in ASU athletic history. His son, Chris, is a former ASU hockey player.
Le hockey dans le désert, ça ne marchera jamais…
Blague à part, ce que je retiens surtout de cette nouvelle c’est le don de 32 millions de dollars par un type inconnu du Wisconsin qui vend de la plomberie… Ce don permettra à l’université de l’Arizona d’avoir un club de hockey féminin et masculin dans la division d’élite du circuit universitaire américain.
C’est quand on voit ce genre de chose qu’on réalise à quel point le Québec est pauvre…