Are Health Concerns Likely to Sideline Saint Louis Head Coach Rick Majerus For Good?

Unfortunate news broke on Friday evening, as Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus is being forced to step away from the game of basketball due to ongoing and serious health concerns.

Majerus has fought health issues his entire life, and despite the concerns has continued to put together a hall of fame coaching career.

Now, Majerus is hospitalized for health concerns directly related to his heart, that will force the Bilikens’ head man to miss the entire 2012-13 season.

However, that might not be it, as it appears that Majerus may be forced to call it quits for good.

A long-tenured coaching career that begin back in the early 1980s has spanned nearly three decades and despite a three-year layoff from 2004-2007, Majerus did not miss a beat in helping put Saint Louis on the map in recent years.

Majerus begin his head coaching career at Marquette in 1983, leading the Golden Eagles to three consecutive appearances in the NIT before moving to Ball State.

Prior to the 1989-90 season, Majerus took over the program at Utah, spending 15 seasons as the head man and leading the Utes to ten NCAA Tournaments. Including a pair of 30 win seasons in that span, Utah had some of its best success with Majerus in charge, including a run to the National Championship game in 1998.

However, health concerns continued to force Majerus away from coaching throughout his career.

Majerus took over the program at Saint Louis prior to the start of the 2007-08 season, leading the Bilikens to two 20+ win seasons, including a run to the Round of 32 last March. Saint Louis was upended by top-seeded Michigan State last season, but expectations are once again high for the Bilikens this year.

Assistant coach Jim Crews, who has had plenty of head coaching experience in the past, will take over the program in Majerus’ absence.

Although Majerus’ future remains uncertain, these health concerns are nothing new and have continuously become a trend. He has fought back to continue his career on numerous occasions, but one is now left to wonder if this latest concern will end his time at the collegiate level.

 

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