Rick Majerus: 1948-2012

Rob Carr

The former Marquette player, assistant, and head coach passed away today after battling health issues since this summer. He will be missed.

Majerus walked on to Marquette's basketball team as a freshman in 1966-67 and served as a student manager until he earned his history degree from MU in 1970. He served as an assistant to both Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds before taking over the top spot for the Warriors in 1983. He compiled a record of 56-35 in three seasons before leaving to take a job as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. He's most well known for his tenure as head coach at Utah, where he went 323-95 and took the Utes to the 1998 national championship game against Kentucky.

Majerus was most recently the head coach at Saint Louis University, where he had gotten SLU back into the NCAA tournament last year. It was announced back in August that he would take a leave of absence for this season, and last week, SLU announced that Majerus would not return to coach the Billikens, as he was undergoing treatment for a serious heart condition in California.

Coach Majerus was highly regarded by many, both for his personality and his mind for basketball. I would say it's safe to expect a number of articles about him in the coming days, but in the meantime, enjoy this piece from back in August from SI.com's Andy Glockner that starts with a story, this podcast from CBSSports.com, where Fran Fraschilla talks about his experiences coaching against Majerus, and Doug Gottlieb's Twitter feed, which is full of stories right now.

UPDATE: Paint Touches is better at this than we are.

Sports Illustrated's S.L. Price wrote this on Coach Majerus back in 2008.

A compilation of classic Majerus quotes.

From Marc D'Amico, Team Reporter for Celtics.com:

Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy remembers Rick Majerus.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz wrote this back in August, and wrote this today.

CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander put together a fantastic compilation of facts, links, tweets, quotes, and anecdotes.

A tribute from ESPN's Andy Katz.

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish watched Majerus' last post game press conference and wrote this.

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