Interesting article on the Denver Post website. Mike Chambers is reporting in his blog that the conferences may be realigned in order to get rid of the 4-team CHA, which currently gets an auto bid. Under the plan mentioned, Niagara and Robert Morris would join the AHA, giving them 12 teams. Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State would join the WCHA and Alabama-Huntsville would replace UNO in the CCHA.
It would be a great move for UNO. By virtue of joining the WCHA, they would immediately become 5x better.
I've always kind of liked playing UNO. I'd be sorry to see them go. And I'm sure everyone would be just thrilled about making the trip down to Alabama. Additionally, aren't UNO and UA clustermates? Would they really want to have the two teams that are furthest apart playing each other four times a season? Huntsville and UA are only 4,100 miles apart (or 2 days, 22 hours by car, not that they'd drive or anything).
WCHA adds Bemidji, Huntsville, and UNO
CCHA adds Alaska Anchorage
WCHA adds Bemidji and Alaska Fairbanks
CCHA adds Huntsville
Either way gets both Alaska teams in the same conference, which is probably how it should be. You'd have another solid in-conference rivalry and I don't think it'd be that tough to schedule teams to make trips to Alaska two weeks at a time. It wouldn't be that often that you'd have to go up there. And a team wouldn't have to potentially go to Huntsville and Alaska in the same year.
I think I like the second option personally (and I don't think I'm biased since I'm not the one making the trip to Alaska, so I'm not trying to just get rid of it). You get the Western teams in the WCHA, and we keep the more "central" teams.
Anybody else have realignment ideas?