Rick Majerus
Basketball player and coach
Rick Majerus
Rick Majerus is an American college basketball coach, and the men's basketball head coach at St Louis University. He coached previously at Marquette University (1983–1986), Ball State University (1987–1989), the University of Utah (1989–2004), Majerus' most successful season came at Utah in the 1997-98 season, when the Utes finished as NCAA national runners-up.
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Nuggets End Jazz's Streak
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
SALT LAKE CITY -- Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including nine straight in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat Utah 113-96 Wednesday night to end the Jazz's winning streak at five. Utah (39-37) fell a half-game behind the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot. Kenneth Faried added 19 points for the Nuggets (51-24), who took three of four from the Jazz this season. Gordon Hayward led Utah with 18 points, while Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 16 apiece. Utah guards Mo Williams and Randy Foye were a combined 4 of 21. The Jazz had made 19 3-pointers in two previous games but were just 6 of 20 from beyond the arc Wednesday. Denver outscored Utah 58-38 in the paint and 19-13 on the break. The Jazz had won five straight by 10 or more but never got untracked, shooting 46 percent and allowing the Nuggets to dominate both inside and out. Denver shot 56 percent and outrebounded Utah 42-33, with Kosta Ko ...
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Underducks Moving On
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Pac-12 tournament champions. No. 12 seed. Underdogs. Oregon is happy to carry any label it's given in the NCAA tournament – all the way into the round of 16. Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and the hot-shooting Ducks sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis 74-57 on Saturday night. "We just decided as a team we're going to go out there and we don't care who we're going to play," said Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi, who had eight points and 16 rebounds. Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to propel Oregon (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time since 2007, when it lost to eventual repeat champion Florida in the regional final. The Ducks made 8 of 11 shots from beyond the arc, while the Billikens finished 3 for 21 from long range. After the NCAA selection committee turned some heads for seeding Oregon so low, the Ducks dismissed two favorites by a combined 30 points in San Jose. Oregon will play No. 1 ove ...
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The Round Of 64 From A(tlantic 10) to Z(ags)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Between the First Four and the two first full days of wall-to-wall NCAA Tournament action, 36 games have been played. Thirty-six teams have been sent home. Thirty-two teams have advanced. No game has been won on a buzzer beater (although Vander Blue came closest), but several were won by teams that no one expected to succeed. As Cinderellas emerged in certain corners of the bracket, top-seeded teams cruised in others. Amidst it all, Chase Fieler slammed home the alley-oop that put Dunk City, Fla. on the map. From A-Z, here is a rundown of everything you need to know about the madness of March (so far): Atlantic 10: President Obama believed that the Big Ten was the strongest conference during the year. The selection committee granted the most bids to the Big East. Once the ball was thrown up, however, it was the A-10 that stole the show. Highlighted by No. 13 La Salle's upset win over No. 4 Kansas State (coming after a First Four win), the Atlantic 10 has gone 6-0. VCU and ...
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Majerus' Style Lives On With Saint Louis
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies watched video of Saint Louis all week, and a common theme kept showing up on every play he analyzed. "You can see Rick Majerus all over them, throughout the fiber of how they play," said Menzies, who coached against Majerus' Utah teams while at San Diego State from 1999 to 2003. "There's no question that they're playing inspired by him, and especially on the defensive end." More than three months since his death, Majerus' style still lives on through his players. Saint Louis (27-6) will be looking to carry on the memory of the affable and animated coach in the way he so often made his mark in March: with a deep run in the NCAA tournament. The fourth-seeded Billikens must first find a way to get past 13th-seeded New Mexico State and 7-foot-5 freshman Sim Bhullar on Thursday. "The way we play, we play 40 minutes, from the tip to the end with hard work and ...
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12 Last-Minute Bracket Strategies
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
If the NCAA or the person collecting money in your office pool ever wanted to raise bracket awareness then they might try a public service announcement with the slogan "The Less You Know." Flipping the message of those ads that began airing on NBC in 1989, this slogan points out the essential truth that no basketball knowledge is required to fill out a March Madness bracket. Of course, if you do follow college hoops and want to apply your knowledge of the field of 68 to your choices then you're more than welcome to do so. Just don't believe that gives you much an advantage when it comes to winning your office pool. For those of you who have managed to avoid jumping in the office pool this long, here are a dozen last-minute strategies you could deploy to fill out your 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket with plenty of time to spare before the wall-to-wall action begins on Thursday afternoon. Mascots & Nicknames: LIU Brooklyn did not last long in the NCAA Tournament, los ...
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Bracket Analysis: Midwest Region
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
By Bennet Hayes, Rush The Court Midwest Region Favorite: #1 Louisville (29-5, 17-4 Big East). It stands to reason that the top overall seed in the field is also the favorite to emerge from the Midwest Region. No team enters the NCAA Tournament hotter than Louisville, winners of 10 straight games and 13 of 14. Consider the Cards’ dominant second half of the Big East Tournament championship game a final warning for this field of 68 – there is no scarier team in this tournament. Should They Falter: #2 Duke (27-5, 14-5 ACC). It’s been a quiet few days for the Blue Devils, as the weekend’s ACC discussion largely revolved around Miami. But there they lurk at the bottom of the Midwest Region, poised as ever for a March sprint. Let’s not forget that the Devils’ ACC Tournament loss to Maryland was the first time Duke had lost with a healthy Ryan Kelly, and the senior’s clean bill of health is a far greater blessing for the Blue Devils than a #1 seed ever could have been. Duke al ...
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10 Things To Know For NCAA Tournament
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A look at the NCAA men's tournament, the 68-team free-for-all that begins Tuesday and ends three weeks from now at the Final Four in Atlanta: 1. WHO'S NUMBER 1? Well, we won't know who the NCAA champion is until the Final Four is over on April 8. But the four No. 1 seeds heading into the tournament: Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga. The Cardinals are the overall top seed. 2. INTRODUCING THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS ... If you want to find last year's national champions, don't look in this bracket. After losing six players from its title team last year, Kentucky finished 21-11 and wasn't among the 68 teams in the tournament. 3. PICKING A WINNER ... Louisville is where the smart money is going – the early 9-2 favorite in Vegas to win it all. But in order to guarantee picking the winner of all 67 games, you'd have to fill out more than 9 quintillion brackets. That's a 9, followed by 18 zeros. If you used one sheet of paper for each bracket, all that pa ...
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Rick Majerus, Colorful College Basketball Coach, Dies at 64
NYTimes - about 4 years
Mr. Majerus, who was awaiting a heart transplant, compiled more than 500 wins combined at Marquette, Ball State, Utah and St. Louis University.
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Liddy Huntsman: My Friend, Coach Majerus
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
In life, I believe the moments that change your life are when you meet that one special person. For me, I was lucky and came across this person at a young age. His name was Rick Majerus, whom I call Coach. Our friendship didn't develop until I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eight. During those difficult days in the hospital I received visits from Coach and he had the ability to make me feel like I was going to be okay. He motivated and encouraged me to battle this tough disease at a young age and told me to never give up. I then began my love for basketball. I lived, dreamed, and breathed the sport. I attended every University of Utah men's basketball game and studied every move and play Majerus gave to his team. Coach could see my love for the game and encouraged me to pursue it. I was proud to be one of the only girls at his all-boys basketball camps and his ball girl on the sideline at games. (I never told him, but I used to pull pranks on opposing teams beca ...
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Saint Louis beats Valparaiso in first game since Rick Majerus' death
Fox News - about 4 years
Saint Louis beat Valparaiso 62-49 on Sunday in its first game since former coach Rick Majerus died of heart failure.
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Rick Majerus truly was a giant in his field
LATimes - about 4 years
The highly successful college coach with a big heart and a bigger brain for basketball, dies of heart failure. He was 64. It is Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, there are basketballs bouncing all around me, sneakers squeaking and fans cheering. UCLA is playing San Diego State in the Wooden Classic, and I don't care.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rick Majerus
  • 2012
    Age 64
    His private funeral service was in Milwaukee's Church of the Gesu, 1145 West Wisconsin Avenue, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, he released an autobiography, My Life On a Napkin: Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin' Utes (ISBN 0-7868-8445-2), co-written by Gene Wojciechowski. A number of Majerus' assistants and players later became head coaches at the collegiate or professional level.
    On August 24, 2012, Majerus announced he would not coach the 2012–13 season due to serious heart problems.
    More Details Hide Details Jim Crews, one of his assistants, took over for him on a temporary basis for that season. On November 16, it was announced that Majerus was retiring when it was apparent that his heart condition would not improve enough to allow him to return.
    In 2012, he led the Billikens to their first NCAA Tournament in 12 years, and their first appearance in a major poll in 17 years.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    Majerus' mother, Alyce, died on August 6, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Majerus battled health problems for years. He missed all but the first six games of the 1989–1990 season, which was his first at Utah, after undergoing septuple-bypass surgery. Then, in September 2000, Majerus had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee but didn't follow a doctor's orders to take a break from basketball, preventing his knee from healing properly. On New Year's Day 2001, Majerus complained of chest pains and was hospitalized for one week, prompting him to take the rest of the year off from coaching to devote his energies to his health and also to his ailing mother. He returned to coaching in the fall of 2001.
  • 2007
    Age 59
    On April 27, 2007, Majerus accepted the head coaching position at Saint Louis University; his contract was for six years.
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  • 2004
    Age 56
    Majerus worked as a game and studio analyst for ESPN from 2004 to 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Majerus was a fan favorite and cult figure around college basketball, known for his portly, rotund figure and his quirky, jovial personality. He enjoyed bratwursts, a sausage popular in his native Wisconsin.
    On December 15, 2004, Majerus was hired as coach of the University of Southern California basketball team; he was to replace interim coach Jim Saia, who was replacing fired coach Henry Bibby, with Majerus taking over effective April 1, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details His contract was scheduled to pay him $5 million over five years. Majerus gave an energetic and humorous press conference on the day of his hire, but also noted "I hope I die here. I hope I coach here the rest of my life." In order to take the position, he needed to buy himself out of his contract as an analyst for ESPN. However, Majerus unexpectedly resigned only five days later in a somber, and at times weeping, press conference. He apologized to the university and stated that his health and fitness were not yet at a stage where he thought he could perform his new duties, noting "I wanted this job so bad I was in denial where my health actually is.. I realized USC wasn’t getting the guy they hired. I came to that conclusion myself. I’m not fit for this job by my standards." Years later, however, Majerus would claim that the true reason for his change of mind had not been his health, but rather had been his mother's request that he not take the job, which would have meant his relocation to Los Angeles, far removed from her home in Wisconsin.
  • 2001
    Age 53
    Allred transferred after the 2001-02 season, but Majerus was later "cleared of any wrongdoing."
    More Details Hide Details While at Ball State and Utah, Majerus was considered a serious candidate for numerous major head coaching positions, including UCLA, St. John's, UNLV, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin, San Diego State and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
    Majerus then returned to Utah in the fall of 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He left Utah in January 2004 after 15 seasons and 323 victories in part to get control of his health; he underwent seven vessel bypass surgery to his heart in 1989. Majerus was known to berate and verbally abuse his players. Lance Allred, who wrote about it in his autobiography Longshot, told of his three years at Utah and how Majerus would humiliate him, often targeting his disability—Allred being partially deaf and requiring hearing aids.
    In January 2001, Majerus announced that he would sit out the season to recover from his own health problems and to be with his ailing mother.
    More Details Hide Details He handed over the team to assistant Dick Hunsaker, who guided the team to a 19-10 record and an NIT appearance.
  • 1998
    Age 50
    Majerus led Utah to the Final Four in 1998, eventually losing to Kentucky in the National Championship Game.
    More Details Hide Details He was greatly affected by the loss, and claimed to be able to recite the last six minutes of play of the championship game second by second. While at Utah, he was known for living out of a hotel room, noting that he liked that "There’s clean towels, my bed is turned down every night and there’s a mint on my pillow, no matter what psychological or emotional crisis the maid is going through."
  • 1994
    Age 46
    He was an assistant coach under Don Nelson for the US national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.
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  • 1987
    Age 39
    He coached at Ball State during the 1987–88 and 1988–89 seasons, finishing with a record of 43–17.
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  • 1986
    Age 38
    After three years as head coach at Marquette, and a 56-35 record, he became an assistant coach with the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks for the 1986–87 season.
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  • 1977
    Age 29
    He was an assistant coach with the Marquette Warriors (now Golden Eagles) for 12 years under mentor Al McGuire, until 1977, and under Hank Raymonds until taking over as head coach in 1983.
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  • 1970
    Age 22
    He graduated in 1970 with a degree in history.
    More Details Hide Details He began coaching eighth-graders at St. Sebastian Grade School in Milwaukee, then coached freshmen boys at Marquette University High School.
  • 1966
    Age 18
    Majerus graduated from Marquette University High School in 1966 and then attended Marquette University, where he tried out as a walk-on in the 1967 season.
    More Details Hide Details He did not play for Marquette, but stayed on as a student assistant.
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born on February 17, 1948.
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