Sad news from the A-10 community, the entire college hoops community, and heck, the entire sports world came yesterday as Rick Majerus passed away at the age of 64. Majerus’ held coaching positions at Marquette, Utah, and St. Louis, amongst others, and began his tenure at the helm of the Billikens in 2007. In five season in the A-10, Majerus led St. Louis to a 95-69 record and two post-season appearances. Besides a trip to the CBI Finals in 2009-10, Majerus most recently took the Billikens to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season after a 26-8 season. St. Louis defeated Memphis in the first round before falling to #1 seeded Michigan State in a game that came right down to the wire.
Majerus had battled health problems throughout his career, leading to extended leaves of absence on several occasions. In 2004, he was hired as the coach of USC, only to resign the post five days later, citing medical issues. As head coach of the Billikens, he announced on August 24 that he would sit out this season on medical leave, with assistant Jim Crews being named as interim coach. He was eventually forced to completely resign his post at St. Louis on November 16, again due to health issues.
Most members of Rhody Nation looked forward to playing against St. Louis every season, simply to take a crack at beating Majerus. His coaching ability and boisterous attitude elevated the competitive nature in fans and players alike. It was a great feeling when the Rams were able to top the Billikens, and the Rhody community reveled in beating him as often as possible. To us, that’s a huge testament to how good of a coach he really was. The sports world will miss him.