Notre Dame Coach Jeff Jackson Denies Hockey East Exit Rumors

"That decision was made two years ago," Jackson says. "I don’t know where that rumor is coming from. We’ve enjoyed being in Hockey East even though it’s been hard getting a foothold. As we play more in the conference, we’re getting more comfortable. We just have to get acclimated to the league. For example, this past weekend was the first the program has played in Maine in over 30 years."

"I have great respect for the league and its coaches. I’m reading about these rumors and don’t know where they’re coming from."

Couple thoughts here:
1. The rumors aren't coming from us, but we're going to go ahead and assume with no basis Coach Jackson was responding to us directly anyway. Thanks Coach!

2. This strikes me a bit like being the vote of confidence right before someone is fired. Even the "endorsement" quote isn't exactly ringing. "Yeah, Hockey East is fine. I mean it's alright, we're not having that bad of a time."

3. I still say this is more example of smoke indicating a fire. Until I see some sort of flat joint statement of denial from Swarbrick and Hockey East, I'm inclined to think there's validity to these rumblings.