The decision to recommend reclassifying UNO to Division I athletics to the Board of Regents was based on financial sustainability, said UNO Chancellor John Christensen. The proposed move would eliminate football and wrestling.
In a scenario that seemed like something from the Twilight Zone, UNO lost another series to Bemidji State and finished its first WCHA playoffs 0-2. Ever since the Mavs split with North Dakota, then got swept in Bemidji the next weekend, the Beavers have been a head scratcher.
The UNO Wrestling team won the battle but may have lost the war, capturing a third consecutive national championship just hours before learning the program is poised to be permanently cut.
Top seed Missouri Southern beat fourth-seeded UNO 88-85 in the semifinals of the MIAA Men's Basketball Championship in Kansas City, ending the Mavericks' season.
Institutions don't last long without solid foundations.
When Dean Blais was hired as UNO's head hockey coach two summers ago there was an immediate shift in expectations. In the 12-year history of the program, UNO had been to the NCAA tournament just once and finished with 20 or more wins only three times.
UNO's 5-2 victory Saturday night earned the Mavs a split in their final conference series at No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth and sole possession of third place in the WCHA. It's the highest conference finish the team has ever had in the 14-year history of UNO hockey.