Post by Cactus Panther on Aug 17, 2016 19:45:04 GMT -6
Grand Canyon University is proceeding with construction of ten athletic facilities in the next two years. This is in addition to a state of the art 7,000 seat on-campus basketball arena, a new soccer stadium that just opened this year and other athletic facilities.
GCU is a "for-profit" institution so they're not tied to some of the same budgetary restraints state schools usually have. They must have a terrific bottom line to be building at the rate that they are...
I am a former UWM Panther season ticket holder who now has season tickets at GCU. Having witnessed the atmostphere first hand, I agree with Pitino's, Majerle's and the columnist's comments about how special this program is.
Panthers are still my first team though, and always will be!
Post by Cactus Panther on Jan 11, 2018 18:34:24 GMT -6
A good game to check out on ESPN3 tonight - New Mexico State vs Grand Canyon University for early WAC regular season bragging rights. I am on my way to GCU Arena now. The crowd there is always rocking, but it will do so with some extra sway tonight.
This second time around, GCU's motives are the same as before.
I do not claim to be an expert on the subject, but (1) having learned from its initial attempt and (2) with changes in the political environment, my hunch is that GCU will be granted non-profit status this time. We will see how it turns out.
Regardless, it does not make any difference competitively whether GCU's participation in D1 athletics is as a for-profit or non-profit entity. We Panther fans know as much as anyone that D1 sports programs were not created equally or maintained with a focus on financial parity. This quote from the ESPN article sums it up - "Large public and nonprofit universities with endowments and lucrative football programs trump GCU's numbers tenfold. Per its school website, Ohio State generated $7.1 billion in total revenue in the current fiscal year..."
With power conference schools continuing to do whatever they can to distance themselves from mid-majors, we need more Gonzagas and Butlers. GCU plans on joining these elite programs. From everything I have seen as a GCU season ticket holder, I think it will happen in the near future.
On the conference affiliation front, CGU continues to openly express a desire to join the WCC someday. I heard Jerry Colangelo reiterate that on local radio just last week. Unfortunately, the only chatter I heard about GCU being interested in joining the Horizon League came last year from HL territory. I think that unless the WCC invites GCU to join it anytime soon, GCU is content to stay in the WAC for a while.
Post by Cactus Panther on Jul 4, 2018 16:25:38 GMT -6
GCU will definitely maintain its approach to college hoops. Jerry Colangelo continues to back the program. Dan Majerle stays in his "dream job" as coach, one that allowed him to pass on an interview for the recent Phoenix Suns head coaching vacancy.
If anything, the non-profit status serves to remove the perceived stigma that held back the program in the minds of some traditionalists. For example, ASU's chancellor, who previously fought GCU's entry into D1, has all but admitted that.