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December 1, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Rick Majerus, who had only one losing record in 25 seasons of coaching college basketball, has died. He was 64. Majerus, a usually jovial and often brash coach, had a history of heart problems and said last month that he would not be returning to Saint Louis University because of his cardiac condition. John Huntsman, a longtime friend of Majerus, confirmed in a statement that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital. "Majerus was one of the premiere coaches in college basketball history and a dedicated mentor to thousands of young men and women.
December 2, 2012 | BILL DWYRE
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. Being a basketball court, this is Rick Majerus' living room and he won't ever sit in it again. He is gone, dead at age 64. The man with the huge heart and similar body shape, the man who knew more about basketball than 99.6% of the human race and coached it every day of his adult life as if it were the Gospel, left us Saturday afternoon.
Rick Majerus' annual tour is in full swing, and reporters from coast to coast can't jump aboard fast enough to get in on the fun. The affable Majerus is doing his thing again before packed arenas, spinning yarns and dropping one-liners that would do a veteran stand-up comic proud. Oh, and he's also coaching the heck out of second-ranked Utah. That part of the Majerus package is sometimes lost on outsiders, but not to the people who know Majerus best.
December 1, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Rick Majerus, the 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 Sr., 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 University 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.
September 26, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The University of Utah extended the contract of basketball Coach Rick Majerus.
February 25, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Paul Roach, athletic director at Wyoming, has demanded an apology from Utah basketball Coach Rick Majerus for screaming obscenities and repeatedly punching the scorers' table during a game last month.
January 8, 2001
Utah Coach Rick Majerus was released from LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, almost one week after being admitted to treat two blocked arteries. No timetable was set for his return to the Utes.
January 3, 2001 | ERIC STEPHENS
* LONG BEACH STATE (7-5) at UTAH (7-6), 6, KPLS (830)--Teams that figured to have better starts meet in Salt Lake City. The outmanned 49ers couldn't stay with USC in a 22-point loss Saturday. Utah started the season ranked 12th but has struggled without Coach Rick Majerus. Majerus, 52, had missed most of the season because of a knee injury, then underwent a heart procedure Tuesday to open two blocked arteries. He had expected to coach tonight's game.
January 4, 2001 | Associated Press
Utah Coach Rick Majerus underwent a follow-up heart procedure, a day after surgeons cleared two blocked arteries. In the latest procedure, surgeons at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City closed a puncture wound in one of the arteries. No timetable has been set for Majerus' return to the team. He has been away from the team since mid-November while rehabilitating a knee injury. * Bill Bayno is returning to Nevada Las Vegas--not as head basketball coach, but as a fund-raiser.
November 26, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Villanova guard Maalik Wayns, a sturdy junior who had been averaging more than 20 points a game, squared up for three-point shots, moved through the lane as if he were invisible only to appear at the basket for layups and generally created shots from everywhere and scored a career-high 29 points Friday. Yet it was St. Louis Coach Rick Majerus who was praising his players for their great defense, in particular against Wayns. The Billikens, who had already roundly defeated Washington from the Pac-12 Conference, grabbed a no-doubt 80-68 win against the Wildcats from the Big East and advanced to the championship game of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
November 25, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Every so often, Rick Majerus comes to town and reminds us of what might have been. Right now, he is coach of the St. Louis University Billikens. If they have any sense in St. Louis, they are counting their blessings, and not just the basketball fans. This is a man as accomplished as they come in his sport. It is also a man as complicated as they come in life. His basketball team is in Anaheim this weekend to play in the 76 Classic, a creation of ESPN, as is much of the sports landscape these days.
February 16, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
ST. LOUIS -- The sweater is a different color, but the person inside it, working the sidelines, is the same. Rick Majerus is back. Not Michael Jordan-esque back. No fireworks and brass bands yet. Just back. He is in his first season as basketball coach at St. Louis University, a program traditionally more crop than cream. In a city whose highest-profile company uses large, muscular horses to brand its product, the Billikens' basketball team is more Clydesdale than thoroughbred.
April 28, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rick Majerus, 59, decided to return to coaching basketball after a three-year absence, agreeing Friday to a six-year contract with St. Louis, the school announced in a statement. "I missed it," Majerus told the Associated Press. "I missed practice. I missed coaching." An analyst with ESPN the last three years, Majerus has a coaching record of 422-147 with 15 postseason appearances. St.
December 24, 2004 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
Like a train at a commuter station, he came and went quickly. Had we gotten to know him, had Los Angeles been exposed, for any decent period of time, to this giant man with similar-sized heart and emotional problems, it might have been big-time love. But the man with the Santa Claus shape undelivered his Christmas present before we had time to unwrap it. And so, now it is, mostly, Rick Majerus, we hardly knew ye. Unfortunately, I knew him and still do, better than most.
December 21, 2004 | J.A. Adande
There are two times to be skeptical at a news conference: whenever an athlete says it's not about the money, and whenever a coach says it's about health. Rick Majerus cited health concerns for his abrupt give-back of the USC job Monday, only five days after he stood in the same room and said his health was fine, so now we can begin the guessing game for the real reason. These heart issues can't be examined with an electrocardiograph.
December 19, 2004 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
In what could best be described as a terrible case of buyer's remorse, Rick Majerus apparently plans to resign as USC men's basketball coach, only days after calling it his "dream job." Majerus, 56, who said last week he had bought himself out of his reported five-year, $500,000 contract as an ESPN analyst, will return to the cable network, ESPN officials said Saturday night.
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