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Pat McMahon

Updated Nov 8, 2013 - 6:53 am

Purple hoops

History will be made in San Diego on Friday night -- and I don't mean having a mayor who isn't a felon.

An Arizona college basketball team grows up and plays with the big boys. Grand Canyon University becomes even grander by opening its first Division I season for any of its many intercollegiate sports.

Yes, the little West Camelback Road college that could -- did -- and this year becomes a member of the Western Athletic Conference. And it's really a big deal.

The Antelopes' student body grows by leaps and bounds and so does its campus. They have a beautiful, state-of-the-art arena and tough opponents coming up such as New Mexico, Tulsa and our own Northern Arizona University.

GCU won't be playing any of the universities in the state for a while because apparently its "for profit" status is scandalous to those schools that don't quite manage to be profitable, no matter how hard they try.

Hey, guys ... they aren't Willy's Academy of Welding. Grand Canyon's current academic standing is excellent. So is the spiritual environment.

And as the Lopes open on the road against Loyola Marymount, it's kind of like the first baby step on the way to the Final Four someday.

Till then, good luck GCU.

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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