Penn St hockey on sked in move to DI, Big 10

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- New transfers are settling in at Penn State, while school administrators are putting the finishing touches on plans for the on-campus ice arena.

The Nittany Lions are right on schedule a year out from moving up to Division I status, and two years away from the start of the anticipated Big Ten hockey conference.

First Penn State must finish its final season as a club team in the ACHA. The puck drops Friday in what also is coach Guy Gadowsky's debut on the Penn State bench.

The school will play as a Division I independent in 2012-13 before Big Ten hockey begins the following season.

Penn State's upgrade to Division I, first announced in September 2010, helped set off a chain reaction of events that have changed the landscape of college hockey.