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Report: Dan Majerle will take over for Russ Pennell as GCU head coach

The Grand Canyon men’s basketball team lost 85-59 in the first round of the Division II NCAA West Regional Friday, but the Antelopes saw more than just their season come to an end.

The university announced that head coach Russ Pennell resigned has resigned after four seasons with the program.

“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,” Pennell said in the release. “I look forward to the next opportunity that lies ahead.”

According to Arizona Sports 620’s John Gambadoro, it’s who will replace Pennell that’ll certainly pique some interest around the Valley.

Majerle, who played eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns, served as an assistant coach with the organization from 2008-2013.

The former three-time All-Star resigned from his post in January after the Suns chose not to name him as interim head coach following Alvin Gentry’s departure.

In four seasons at GCU, Pennell led the Antelopes to two NCAA tournament appearances and had a 72-44 record. GCU will move up to Division I next season when they join the Western Athletic Conference.