RIP Rick Majerus

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RIP Rick Majerus

Post by PilotNut on Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:59 pm

Sad to hear of the passing of Coach Majerus, who died today at age 64.

ESPN Article

LOS ANGELES -- Rick Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.

Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach's longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.

Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn't return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.

Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August.

Majerus had a history of heart problems dating to 1989. He had a stent inserted in August 2011 in Salt Lake City and missed some games in the 2011-12 season after gashing his leg in a collision with players.

Majerus was 95-69 in five seasons at Saint Louis and had a 25-year record of 517-216. He had his most success at Utah, going 323-95 from 1989-2004. He was at Marquette from 1983-86, and Ball State from 1987-89.

He took 12 teams to the NCAA tournament and four to the NIT, with the 1998 Utah team losing to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.

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Re: RIP Rick Majerus

Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:35 pm

Because he was a great guy to be around, I never held a grudge against him for "stealing" Tim Frost from UP. Tim went on to be a very fine player at Utah; just think what he could have done for UP.

Glad we got to see and meet Rick at UP a couple of years ago when he brought St. Louis to town......I think everyone got a real joy from him; I know Rev did.

A life-long bachelor who generally lived in hotel rooms, ate fast food or hotel food, and was a sports junkie....he would have been a welcome contributor to PN.

RIP, Rick....glad to have met you. sunny

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Re: RIP Rick Majerus

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:12 pm

Good article about the tribute at SLU before their recent game: http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/68982/saint-louis-wins-one-for-majerus

This stood out for me:
The student cheering section, of which Majerus was a big supporter, donned black shirts. Majerus used to make sure to acknowledge the Slunatics, as they are called, after each home game.

"He always let us know that he appreciated us," said senior Marty Kovarik, vice president of the group. "Before the season, he would take some of us to dinner and tell us just how important he thought we were to the team. It made us feel good -- like we were a part of things."
This is the kind of thing that helps build a culture of support on campus for the team, and makes the whole student body feel like it is part of the team.

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