Loyola-Chicago basketball coach, Porter Moser is reporting that former Saint Louis and Utah head coach Rick Majerus has died. He was 64. This was then confirmed through Ben Weixlmann of Scout.com.
Moser’s tweet was “@PorterMoser: RIP to my friend and mentor Coach Majerus. I learned so much about the game and life. We lost a One of the best! My heart is heavy tonight.”
My most lasting memory of Majerus was when his Utes beat the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four who featured the Antawn Jamison-Vince Carter combo. I remember Jamison kissing the floor of at half court after they lost, and even though he was a junior you could still tell it would be his last time in a Tar Heel uniform.
I remember being upset that the Tar Heels didn’t go further with their talent and amazed at the Coach who game-planned against them. That Utes’ team eventually lost to Kentucky in the finals, but I still remember being impressed by Majerus’ coaching ability. He went on to St. Louis University until retiring in 2012. He also did some broadcast work for ESPN at one point too.
Majerus will definitely be missed. He was known for his quirky and jovial personality as a native Midwesterner. The cause of death is not currently known at this time.
In 2000, he released an autobiography My Life On a Napkin : Pillow Mints, Playground Dreams and Coaching the Runnin’ Utes. Majerus had some playground dreams that he turned into reality and he’ll go down as one of the most joyful and spirited college basketball coaches in recent memory.