Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is opening an investigation to determine whether UND is Title IX compliant after recent athletics cuts. The investigation is being launched after the ORC received a complaint alleging discrimination based upon sex because of the selection of sports at the school does not effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of members of both sexes to the extent necessary to provide equal athletic opportunity. The opening of the investigation does not imply that the OCR has made a determination in regard to its merit.
Twenty years ago today, the Grand Forks Herald's 'Come Hell and High Water' newspaper was produced. It is perhaps the most iconic front page in the paper's history thanks to a stunning centerpiece photo showing the total devastation of the flood and fire in downtown Grand Forks and a gripping headline that still resonates two decades later. A copy of it hangs in the Community Room at the Herald. It's impossible to walk past it without stopping to take it all in -- no matter how many times you have done it before.
In the span of eight days in late March 1997, UND won its first NCAA Division II women's basketball national championship and its sixth NCAA Division I men's hockey title. The city celebrated. The Herald proclaimed Grand Forks as "Title Town" in a headline. But the euphoria didn't last long. A couple of weeks after bringing Grand Forks national championships, the women's basketball and men's hockey teams were frantically trying to save the city from the raging Red River, sandbagging for countless hours and eventually scattering out of town.
For several years, college hockey head coaches have urged the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee to keep regionals away from home sites. The coaches say it's too big of an advantage to play at home. But in the West and Midwest, a dwindling number of venues have bid for regionals—and UND has taken advantage. The NCAA West Regional will be held in Sioux Falls, S.D., next season and in Fargo in 2019, the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon.
One by one, people marched to the podium Tuesday morning in Marquette, Mich., to speak. The big production was understandable—it was a rare event for Northern Michigan University. The Wildcats, who have had just two head coaches in the past 41 years, named Grand Forks native Grant Potulny its third head coach of all time. It is the first head coaching job for Potulny, who spent the past eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota.
UND President Mark Kennedy said he has informed women's hockey supporters—including alumnus Mark Chipman, who heads the Winnipeg Jets ownership group—that it needs to raise $60 million to endow the program to keep it going, and the supporters have found that figure to be "unrealistic." While Kennedy admitted he would consider reinstating the program if a $60 million check landed on his desk today, he said ideally, it needed to happen last week and time is running out for any recourse on his decision to cut the program.
The NCAA West Regional will be staying in the Dakotas the next two years. UND will host next year's regional in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and the 2019 regional at Fargo's Scheels Arena. If UND reaches the NCAA tournament in either of those years, it will automatically be placed in that regional. This will be the first time an NCAA regional has ever been played in South Dakota. Fargo previously hosted regionals last month and in 2015.
Grand Forks native and Minnesota assistant coach Grant Potulny was named head coach at Northern Michigan University on Tuesday morning.
UND retained lawyers in the weeks prior to cutting the women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving programs, but their findings will remain confidential. UND paid the Baker Donelson law firm $16,905, but declined to release the firm's findings in an open record request by the Herald. UND cited North Dakota Century Code 44-04-19-1(6) as the reason why it doesn't have to disclose the findings. That statute indicates that UND was preparing for a lawsuit.
UND will start the next regular season in The Last Frontier. It hopes to end it in St. Paul. The 2017-18 schedule was announced Wednesday morning, one highlighted by UND's first home series against rival Minnesota since January 2012. It also features trips to Anchorage, Wisconsin and Bemidji. Its other nonconference home series are against St. Lawrence and Union. The only National Collegiate Hockey Conference team that doesn't come to Grand Forks next season is Minnesota Duluth. The only place UND doesn't travel to is Western Michigan.