I think it's just a slow Tweet day so time to post a longstanding rumor. Iowa State has been "pursuing NCAA Division I hockey" at least since Al Murdoch became coach of the Cyclones 20+ years ago.
Penn State, Iowa State and Navy have been longtime rumors, between ISU or Navy I'd say both might be in the NCAA within 15-20 years but Navy is much closer with a recently constructed/upgraded suitable on-campus arena and a conference (Atlantic Hockey) that would gladly accept the team and would benefit greatly from an Army-Navy Cold War game. ISU has previously denied the rumors and would need a big upgrade in facilities, scholarship endowments for men's hockey and a women's sports team to meet title IX, etc... all equaling a big investment/donation (like Penn State).
Agreed. It's conversation fodder. I find it more interesting that Iowa is (if true) actively pursuing the sport. Schools only get the chance to add a new sport every so often due to $$$, so I am somewhat curious that if they were pursuing anything that it would be hockey. There are a lot of USHL teams there, but otherwise I don't think Iowa has much of a hockey culture. Youth hockey isn't exactly booming with only 2,500 players in Iowa and not much growth since the mid 90s. I suppose if USHL teams can make money and given the success of their ACHA college team maybe they are hoping it can turn a profit. But yeah, not much else to speculate on until a real donor(s) steps in.