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White should act fast to add hockey at UB

The University at Buffalo appears to be in good hands under new Athletic Director Danny White, who arrived with the right message and credentials when he was introduced Tuesday. UB can make several leaps under his watch if he can work to his strengths and raise revenue in a tough economy.

White humbly acknowledged he's not going to have all the answers right away, but he showed off his quick wit when asked about the possibility of UB adding a Division I hockey program. Many believe UB would compete on a national level in hockey within a few years.

"I don't even know where the restroom is yet," White said. "It's going to take a few minutes to figure things out."

Danny, directions to the bathroom: Make a right out of your office, walk about 150 feet down the corridor and it's on your right. Now that you've had a few minutes, add hockey.

The challenge, as always, is money. Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who has donated some $18 million to the university over the years, doesn't appear to be getting involved with UB hockey. Sabres owner Terry Pegula isn't coming to the rescue, either, after dropping $88 million for Penn State's program.

Warde Manuel was moving toward starting a program before leaving for the University of Connecticut. On the same day White was introduced to replace him, Manuel confirmed he had meetings with Hockey East officials about UConn joining the power conference with Notre Dame when it expands in 2013.

"We've got to find a way to make this happen," UConn coach Bruce Marshall said. "When the door opens, you sometimes have to go through the door."

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