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January 23, 2008 8:51 AM

ASU-UA create cool award

Posted by Bob Condotta

Nice story out of the Phoenix-area today as Arizona and Arizona State have joined forces to create a Most Valuable Player award for their annual rivalry and name it after sports writer Bob Moran, a longtime journalist in the state who covered both schools at different times.

It's not so much that they named this after a sports writer that I like, though Moran is a very deserving honoree. Anybody who covered the Pac-10 long got to know Moran, and his never-ending smile, and he was a constant presence on the conference's weekly media teleconferences, asking insightful questions of just about every coach every week. At Pac-10 media day one year, I saw then-Oregon coach Rich Brooks and a couple of others serenade Moran in the lobby with the old Beach Boys tune of "Barbara Ann'' but with Moran's name in the title, instead.

What I also like about this is the idea of creating an MVP award for the annual rivalry game (obviously in our case up here, the Apple Cup). To be honest, I thought this was the kind of thing that might be done this year with Boeing's sponsorship of the game.

But in any case, it seems like a good idea that could easily be copied up here. It would add some intrigue to the game and give some player an honor he would remember the rest of his life --- and be remembered for for as long as the game is played. It would be a fun and tidy way to further preserve the history of the game, just like is done with the MVP award of the Super Bowl where every so often all of the past winners are invited back and every year all the newspapers run the list of the winners, again bringing to life their accomplishments.

Not sure if there's a similar person to name it after up here --- off the top of my head, can't think of someone who has had the same kind of all-encompassing impact on the Apple Cup. But even if they just named it after Boeing or something, seems like an idea worth considering.

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