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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

From the media perspective, it’s tough times running a major college athletics program in the Grand Canyon State. There’s bravery to be admired among the athletic brass who keep returning our phone calls.

Sports talk radio alights with cross-country gripes from egotistical coaches who complain about estranged wives and bait fans into staying home — inadvertently convincing their recruits to do the same.

Meltdown-prone football coaches nervously twiddle thumbs, hoping to keep players from serving hard time, while wondering how they can anchor themselves to the sideline next season, lest they incur newly enacted penalties.

And the bubble-wrap phraseology of an “economic slowdown” presses top-heavy athletic programs to lump players into fire-sale packages, sent off to rival schools for not generating enough income — when one coach alone receives a $775,000 raise.

In the athletic office, on the other end of the phone line during business hours, one might feel like a fluorescent-orange Hummer creeping through the alleyways of Nasiriyah.

But when it comes to real trouble, it’s always the quiet ones, popular wisdom warily recites.

A few hundred miles up I-17, Northern Arizona University quietly continues about its business, graduating student-athletes who avoid mug shots, forced transfers or sullen hauls to the NBA draft.

They say mountain air makes you smarter. But were NAU your neighbor, you might wonder what that freezer in the garage held.

Of course, the Northern Third isn’t pumping out much in the way of championships, which is one way to stay out of the news. Methinks that any sane athletic director wouldn’t trade their banners for anonymity by a long shot.

However, if you’re going to have a high-maintenance coach — er, vehicle — it ought to turn some fast laps. Either that, or trade it in. Because there’s no bravery in letting a storied program stall.

The recent success with our collegiate swimming program — and the potential three-peat of a softball championship — does well to outshine the negatives circulating this spring.

It gives reporters something positive to cultivate, before they borrow an axe from the Lumberjacks and start chopping.

Let’s hope that carries into the fall.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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