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Bobby Hurley Gives Grand Canyon Its Shot At ASU

Is this down to the pandemic?

Syracuse v Arizona State
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 14: Head coach Bobby Hurley of the Arizona State Sun Devils reacts against the Syracuse Orange during the First Four of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 14, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.
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When Grand Canyon came to Duke, aside from the single loudest fan we’ve ever heard, we were impressed with how well the Antelopes traveled. Who knew? For whatever reason, that program, young as it is, has a solid fan base that’s willing to fly across the country because it’s so dear to see the Antelopes play (sorry).

Unfortunately when it came to scheduling Arizona State, there were some discouraging words (sorry again. Apparently it’s a condition. ADA therefore applies, so back off). Obviously the Sun Devils could get a lot more mileage with a game against a higher quality opponent and a obviously a loss to Big Ditch U would hurt tremendously.

Well having a pandemic means to stay home rather than roam is a good thing and Grand Canyon will get a coveted series with the Sun Devils, partly, we’re sure, because it’s a much safer trip for former Duke star Bobby Hurley’s team than, say, scheduling a trip to Michigan or Miami.

Grand Canyon, which fired Dan Majerle after last season, made a solid hire with Bryce Drew, who like Majerle was unfairly fired from his last job, in Drew’s case at Vanderbilt. He’s been a lifer for decades already and he’s just 45.

Like Hurley his father was a highly regarded coach. We hope they continue the series after things calm down. It’s a natural neighborhood rivalry and should be entertaining.

Of course things haven’t really settled down yet. It looks like Houston has a mini outbreak among its athletes and so has Clemson.