Don’t look for Iowa to add hockey to the menu of sports it sanctions – regardless what the Big Ten’s doing.
“Iowa doesn’t have plans to add any sports at this time,” athletic director Gary Barta wrote in an e-mail.
Here’s the top this week’s hockey announcement by the Big Ten:
Park Ridge, Ill. – The directors of athletics of Big Ten institutions which sponsor men’s ice hockey unanimously announce their intention to recommend to the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors in June the establishment of men’s ice hockey as an official conference sport for the 2013-14 academic year with participation by Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. The recommendation includes both the establishment of the inaugural Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament in March of 2014, with the winner earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, and a 20-game conference schedule with each team playing the other five schools four times (two home games and two away games).
It’s been a while since Iowa added to the list of sports it sanctions– women’s rowing in 1994.