Saint Louis Bilikens head basketball coach Rick Majerus will not be returning to coach the team this season due to serious health concerns. This is news that could effect the play of the Atlantic 10 Conference and how the Bilikens have been playing in recent years.
Majerus leaves the program after five years and a record of 517-216. Last season, he led the team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. The team even made it to the Round of 32 after defeating Memphis in the first round but losing to Michigan State in the second.
It has been made known that assistant coach Jim Crews will be taking over for Majerus this season. Crews has a lot of coaching experience heading into this job. He spent 1985-2002 with Evansville and 2002-2009 with Army compiling a record of 353-349. He also led the teams to four NCAA Tournaments, all at Evansville.
There is no question that the loss of Majerus will be great factor in this season. The team lost top rebounder and top scorer in Brian Conklin after a 26-8 record last season. The team is expected to be a contender in the A-10 this season, though.
The team returns guard Kwamain Mitchell and forward Cody Ellis. Junior forward Dwayne Evans will also have to play a bigger role on the team this season.
If the team can come together, they will be successful under Crews. But the loss of Majerus will have a great toll on the team.
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