Majerle to take over for Pennell at Grand Canyon

2013-03-16T00:00:00Z Majerle to take over for Pennell at Grand CanyonThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Russ Pennell has resigned as head basketball coach at Grand Canyon, and former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle said Friday he is taking the job.

Majerle made the comments to Phoenix television station KTVK. Grand Canyon is to begin the transition to NCAA Division I next season.

Grand Canyon would not confirm the hiring but scheduled a news conference for Monday morning to announce the new coach.

Majerle was an assistant to Suns coach Alvin Gentry but resigned when he was passed over for the interim job when Gentry was fired earlier this year.

Pennell, a former Arizona Wildcats assistant and interim head coach who led the UA to the Sweet 16 in 2009, made the decision Friday after the Antelopes' first-round loss in the NCAA Division II West Regional. Pennell was 72-44 over four seasons at Grand Canyon. This year's team went 23-8.

GCU president Brian Mueller said in a news release that the university and Pennell came to a "mutual decision that it would be in the best interests of the university and Coach Pennell if we took different paths at this time."

The Antelopes will play in the Western Athletic Conference starting next season.

Pennell issued a statement through the university:

"I leave with great respect for Grand Canyon University and thank Brian Mueller for giving me the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program over the past four seasons. I look forward to the next opportunity that lies ahead."

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 9:00 pm
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