Dave Hackenberg has a really good column in The Blade today about the decision faced by Greg Christopher as it relates to the program. I think it puts the decision in the right context, which is to say that hockey is a very accomplished sport and has heritage at BG, but is something most schools like ours don't have.
Here, AD Christopher talks about the challenges operating the hockey program for one year with its long term future in doubt.
"Sure, that concerns me," Christopher said yesterday. "We understand the situation can't linger. We have to set a direction and move in that direction. But I hate for this to be viewed as a hockey issue. It's a budget issue. What we're going through is no different than any other department on campus. We've all developed future [business] models, from status quo to small trims to severe cuts. Thankfully, right now, we don't have to go over the edge of the cliff. We can absorb current cuts by spreading them over all sports."
Dave Horger also interview Christopher and that 28 minute interview can be read here.