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Pat McMahon

Updated Jul 26, 2013 - 8:06 am

David's sling

I'm a decadeslong fan and supporter of the ASU Sun Devils. I've also always been totally wrapped up in the story of Grand Canyon University at the other end of the spectrum, from its days as a small-college baseball power to its NAIA national basketball championship.

GCU was the little Baptist school that desperately sought attention, almost closed and now has made a huge comeback financially as an enormously successful, for-profit institution. So much so that athletically its about to enter its first season in NCAA Division I and the Western Athletic Conference.

But ASU said no.

President Michael Crow has instructed all his coaches not to play GCU. No Christians vs. Devils! He's reportedly asked the rest of the Pac-12 schools to do the same and for the NCAA to take back the Antelopes' Division I credentials.

Crow is a brilliant administrator and fundraiser. He understands image. So will someone explain to me how he expects to garner public support for his 73,000-student Goliath attempting to take away David's sling -- a weapon, by the way, given to Grand Canyon University by a real giant, Jerry Colangelo.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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