The non-league docket includes 13 games eight at home and has some old rivalries re-introduced to go along with traditional regional tilts. Highlighting the non-league schedule is a Thanksgiving weekend trip to Minneapolis, Minn.
A year ago Coyle, 50, hired Motzko to take over after Lucia retired.
Now he oversees a high-profile program that still means significant revenue for the school despite attendance issues. In part one of a two-part interview, Coyle talked about his new coach, the challenge of selling tickets and where the Gophers can be found on TV.
I do sit down with the coaches at the end of each year, and I did with Bob. When coach Lucia decided to step down, we obviously felt like we had a big opportunity for somebody and we felt like we needed to find the best fit for Minnesota hockey. Bob came in here and hit the ground running hard.
At the end of the year I think we were among the teams playing the best hockey. I think Bob will tell you year one was a learning experience here, transitioning to the Big Ten, and again, at the end of the year we were playing really good hockey.
Everyone in our staff is looking forward. Pioneer Press: John Autey While attendance was down overall this past season, the issues kind of came to a head in the two sparsely-attended Big Ten playoff games with Michigan. You announced a price cut for some tickets recently.
What went into that decision, and what else is being considered to boost attendance? Everything is on the table. It caught our attention.
But we had several very good crowds this year, and people remember that last series against Michigan in the Big Ten playoffs.
Sometimes we lose sight that we were second in the nation in attendance. But you talked about the ticket prices. We wanted to take a hard look at how we did that. We looked at our scholarship seating areas and how we could make some adjustments there based on feedback we got from fans.
These decisions were based on all ideas and input that we got. When I was hired, we put together a Fan Advisory Council.
And these are things, when we look at the market, we see. Related to that, is there a break-even point where ticket prices can drop too much and hockey is no longer a revenue sport?
Hockey will always be a revenue sport here at Minnesota. I said it when coach Lucia stepped down and retired, I feel that we have the best hockey job in the country and hockey will always be a revenue sport for us.
One of the early complaints from fans about Big Ten hockey was the inability to find games on TV, at least in the places where fans were used to finding them. We hear that every day from people, and selfishly we feel that we have the best college hockey television package in the country.
We work very closely with our TV partners.
I can tell you that Francois McGillicudy, the new president of Big Ten Network, is aware of what hockey means to Minnesota and Michigan and the other teams in the Big Ten, and the priority we place on that in terms of TV and the exposure we get.
We feel very positive about the exposure we get on TV. People can see what the University of Minnesota is like when they watch Gopher hockey games on Friday and Saturday nights.
We work closely with Brad, who is the contact for hockey, and Commissioner Warren, when he starts in September, we will have more conversations with him.
The great thing about his background here in Minnesota is he understands what hockey is, and what college hockey is after being in this community for so long. Gopher hockey fans have notoriously high expectations, with some demanding a national championship every year.
What are the realistic benchmarks you have for Bob Motzko and his program? We talk every day, and we feel like we have the best hockey job in the country. For us in terms of benchmarking, Bob brought in a phenomenal recruiting class that will be here this year.
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But I tell you this: When I was first hired at Minnesota, I had a chance to talk to former Wisconsin athletic director and football coach Barry Alvarez briefly, and I asked him what he did at Wisconsin. We want to compete at a high level.
We saw what he did as an assistant coach here, winning those two national championships. We saw what he did at St.
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