This afternoon, Western Michigan University sent out a statement saying that it has been in contact with athletic directors around the country recently and that the Broncos “fully expect to make an announcement before the start of the next academic year.”
The statement does not say which direction the Broncos are looking, but it certainly appears that they do not intend to stay in the CCHA.
In a story in the Kalamazoo Gazette, Western Michigan’s athletic director says that the Broncos would like to move along with Notre Dame to a new location.
It’s no secret that the new conference, which UND will join in 2013-14, also covets Notre Dame. If the Irish come aboard, it will look for an eighth school, and the Broncos are definitely a possibility.
Here’s the full release from the school:
“KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has had numerous discussions and meetings, over the past few months, with athletic directors across the country concerning the potential for significant conference realignment in NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey.
These discussions featured a presentation entitled “WHY WESTERN!” This presentation promotes a few of the strategic benefits Western Michigan University brings to a hockey conference.Â A link to this presentation is included below.
Bronco Nation should know that WMU’s Athletic Department is pleased with the direction these conversations are headed and fully expect to make an announcement before the start of the next academic year, as to our future conference plans for our hockey program.”