OSG Sports has learned that former Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus has passed away. He stepped down from his post with Billikens a few months ago wanting to focus on his treatment for his heart condition.
Last season, Majerus led the Billikens to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the school’s first NCAA appearance since 2000- getting the school's first win since 1998. Saint Louis was also in the polls for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
In mid-November, when it was announced that Majerus was stepping aside, AD Chris May said:
"Rick built this team to be in a position to compete for championships, and we will move forward with that same goal. We will continue to invest all of our resources to ensure that this team, under the leadership of interim head coach Jim Crews, is put in the best position possible to succeed.”
Former Majerus assistant Porter Moser, now at Loyola-Chicago, relayed this through his Twitter account:
RIP to my friend and mentor Coach Majerus. I learned so much about the game and life. We lost a One of the best! My heart is heavy tonight.
In the interim, here are some of Majerus' greatest hits from his time at SLU
Majerus’ moment on the big stage of college basketball was back in 1998 when his Utah team reached the NCAA final losing to Kentucky.
During the Utes Final Four run in 1998 I had a chance in interview Majerus at the NCAA West Sub-Regional in Boise, Idaho for an impromptu tough-n-cheek feature that involved good restaurants in Boise. He gave me five good minutes and was never afraid to show his sense of humor in front of a camera.
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