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Was men's ice hockey ever under consideration at Texas?

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From what's really an aside in a story about Tom Hicks on a soccer-related blog: FYI, a few years back the University of Texas began making noise about starting a men’s ice hockey program. This is one of the world’s biggest, richest universities. And yet, it has no men’s soccer program. Too expensive. So why was UT making noise about ice hockey? It’s only a theory, and I want to stress that, but I suspect a certain major donor was behind it. Hicks, who was heavily involved in UT athletics at the time, certainly had an interest in seeing hockey flourish in the state. The Dallas Stars club that he owned had a number of ice hockey centers spread around the Dallas area. So there was the university saying, essentially, "Soccer? Nah … don’t need it. But ice hockey … now that’s a sport we’re exploring." That's the first I've ever heard of this. Has anyone else ever heard this rumor that we were considering adding men's ice hockey? There's all kinds of problems with this in theory, including serious Title IX implications, the almost-certain need to build a purpose-built arena or field house (are college-centric ice hockey arenas "field houses" or is that basketball-only term?), and the lack of any D-I program closer than Denver. On the other hand, if having a hockey team would lead to in-game presentations which match this awesomeness, then I'd be all for it. (No, seriously. Watch this video. Now. Greatest Arena Video Ever. Who knew the Fairbanks-Anchorage rivalry made the RRS look like child's play?)

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