Derek, I don't buy that. Logisitcs can be worked out. It should be possible to work out scheduling in an equitable fashion.
Furthermore, the class time thing makes no sense. You are talking about Fri-Sun compared to Fri-Sat. If the tournament were held in the East, most of the teams would be within a day's drive of the venue, so you're still home by Monday.
I'm with you. You know my thoughts on it. I, for partially some selfish reasons am one of the biggest proponents of combining them both.
I was simply providing some feedback I have heard from a couple of coaches that I have had talks with about it.
Derek, I wasn't putting that thought on you, I was not trying to shoot the messenger, but pointing out the absurdity of such a claim. It's almost like the powers that be are afraid to do something like that.
I had the opportunity to watch Norwich's women's program grow from a club program that didn't even compete in the ACHA when it was first created to become one of the perennial DIII powers. I watched some of my students be part of that development, and I really enjoyed seeing it grow. It is true, the women's game is a bit different from the men's game, but it's not that different. Once in a while you see moves that make you scratch your head because if that move were made in a men's game, somebody would probably be picking up a few teeth off the ice after getting hit in a totally exposed position, but once you get the idea, its a great game. Now that I'm out here in CO, I still get to see the NU Men's games on NSN, and other video streams, but I don't get a chance to see the Women play, and I miss that.
I think if people were exposed to the game, they would embrace it.