That is interesting. If that happens, the chances of a Big Ten Hockey conference goes up ten fold in my opinion.
The men's ice hockey team has existed as a non-NCAA sport since the 1968 and currently competes at the Division I level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and is a member of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL). The team plays off-campus at the historic Frank Southern Ice Arena. The team holds the 1971 and 2001 Big Ten Hockey League championships, 8 Midwestern Collegiate Hockey League (MCHL) championships during the 1980s and 1990s, and the 2002 Great Midwest Hockey League (GMHL). The Hoosiers men's ice hockey team was the national runner-up in the 1995, 1998, 2000, and 2008 ACHA DII National Championships. In 2009 the program left the GMHL and ACHA Division II to join the ACHA Division I level, after playing one season as an independent team the team joined the CSCHL for the 2010-11 season. www.iuhockey.org
That is from wikipedia along with the website to their home page. I do not think they look as solid as a candidate as Penn State, but if Indiana can make the jump, expect Illinois to also make the jump at that point because they have had a much more successful run of late and would seem to be ready, like PSU, for division I hockey.
Illinois' recent records via Wikipedia
- ACHA National Championships; (2) : 2005, 2008
- ACHA Final Four Appearances; (9) : 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- ACHA National Tournament Appearances; (15) : 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- CSCHL Regular Season Championships; (2) : 2003, 2008
- CSCHL Tournament Championships; (6) : 1986, 1988, 1992, 2003, 2006, 2008
- Undefeated season in 2007-2008. Record of 38-0-0.
- 48 game winning streak spanning from September 28, 2007 to October 25, 2008.