Kevin Pates at the Duluth News-Tribune is reporting that Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State joining the WCHA is a done deal, that will be formalized this afternoon.
After another round of negotiations with Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday, both sides seem to have reached an agreement that they are happy with. Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State will begin play in the WCHA in the 2010-2011 season, meaning Bemidji State won't have to play a season as an independent.
It will be interesting to see if the terms of UNO's admission come out. I'd imagine they got a pretty sweet deal. The big winner here is Bemidji State which no longer has to worry about not having a conference to play in.
So a mere two and a half years after I suggested this conference set-up, it finally gets done. WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod deserves credit for finally getting this done, and helping out the game of college hockey. Alabama-Hunstville is now the only former CHA team without a home, but they will get a chance to apply to the CCHA, and this development has to make their admission almost a given.