Tennessee State University leaders are looking into starting an NCAA Division I ice hockey program, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
The school will reportedly announce soon announce plans to conduct a feasibility study with the goal of determining the viability of starting a hockey program at TSU as well as how much fundraising would need to be done. If officials push on from there, TSU's would be the first Division I hockey team in the history of the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
TSU officials did not respond to requests for comment.
The sources also said that a partnership between TSU and the Nashville Predators could be announced in the future. The two organizations have teamed up before, most recently in March 2020 for the “$1 million in 1 month” fundraising campaign to benefit merit- and need-based scholarships for TSU students.
The initiative shattered its expected goal, raising $1.7 million in total that funded more than 500 scholarships. The Preds made an initial $100,000 donation.
The Predators also worked with TSU to form the GUIDER group (Growth, Understanding, Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Representation), which aims to reduce social discrimination and bring about social change in Nashville.