Arizona had stuck by men's basketball coach Sean Miller through an NCAA infractions investigation that stretched nearly four years.
When the school didn't extend his contract beyond next...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona could have been in a tough spot when basketball coach Jack Murphy opted in June to leave the program to become the associate head coach at his alma...
Jack Murphy fulfilled a dream when he was named Northern Arizona's coach in 2012. He led the Lumberjacks through some ups and downs, was excited about the upcoming season.
Northern Arizona basketball coach Jack Murphy is leaving the Lumberjacks to become the associate head coach at Arizona, his alma mater.
"It's very exciting to welcome back Jack Murphy and...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona won just 10 games last season, yet made enough progress for athletic director Mike Marlow to keep coach Jack Murphy in place for the final year of his...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona set a record for losses last season and is in the midst of its worst three-year stretch in 27 years.
Lumberjacks coach Jack Murphy said something needs to change.
"The three-year stretch we've had, it's not good enough. It's not good enough," he said. "We can be better on the court. We have great young men, good representatives of NAU and Flagstaff. Now we have to put the winning along with that. It's very important that we have a very good year this year."
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Omar Ndiaye strokes in long 3-pointers with a flick of his wrist alongside the rest of Northern Arizona's players. Ndiaye has the same springy legs as his teammates, is just as quick off the dribble and has a wicked crossover.
One noticeable difference: Ndiaye's right arm.
Born without a right hand, the Northern Arizona junior guard overcame seemingly insurmountable odds, fusing talent and determination to achieve the dream of becoming a Division I basketball player.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — As the bus rolls past mileage signs for places like Malad City, Arimo and Woodruff, the long frames of Northern Arizona's basketball players splay across the seats. Heads rest on makeshift pillows of jackets and backpacks, legs stretch across aisles, feet rise above headrests.
Outside, flurries dance in the headlights as roadside reflectors flash like car turn signals. Yellow weed stalks, evidence of a recent thaw, peek through the white blanket along the highway.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona's rise has been halted painfully.
Two seasons ago, the Lumberjacks were poised to make some noise with several returning players from a team that reached the 2015 CollegeInsiders.com title game.
That season was derailed by injuries to key players. Northern Arizona was ready to take a step back in the right direction, only to get hit with more injuries.
Now the Lumberjacks are hoping the pain will go away.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy followed the directions turn by turn as he worked his way from a high school north of Las Vegas to one to the south.
The GPS said his fourth stop of the day was just around the corner, but when Murphy arrived at the turn, the road was closed because of construction.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy was excited to put the 2015-16 season behind him, ready to get the Lumberjacks back on an upward trajectory after a series of injuries stalled the program's progress.
Instead, more injuries hit, leaving Murphy no choice but to shift returning players into unfamiliar roles and rely on inexperienced players for a second straight season.