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 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 3 0 0.667 15 6 0 0.714
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
UCLA 5 4 0 0.556 13 9 0 0.591
Washington State 4 5 0 0.444 10 11 0 0.476
Colorado 4 5 0 0.444 11 9 0 0.550
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 88-89
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 59-72
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
UCLA at
Stanford
2/5 7:00 pm
Washington State at
Oregon State
2/5 8:00 pm
USC at
California
2/5 9:00 pm
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