Watch Tribute to Coaching Legend Rick Majerus as Saint Louis Heads into Tourney
Within hours of Rick Majerus' passing on December 1, 2012, the Internet lit up with anecdotes.
Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis recalled the time he watched Majerus disrobe during an interview. ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski wrote about how Majerus would deliver food to homesick players during Christmas break. The New York Times touched on Majerus' humor, which often served as foil to his lifelong weight problems.
Such was the force of Majerus, a coach whose thundering personality managed to upstage his considerable professional accomplishments. And they were considerable.
In his 25 years as a head coach, Majerus won 517 games against just 216 losses. His teams made 13 NCAA tournament appearances, and he piloted the 1997-98 Utah Utes to within 20 minutes of a national championship.
Majerus' last stop was at Saint Louis University, a modestly sized Jesuit institution that had won just three tournament games prior to his arrival. Last year, under Majerus' guidance, the Billikens won their first March Madness game in 14 years.
Beset by chronic health issues, Majerus took a medical leave of absence prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. He died a little over three months later.
Saint Louis soldiered on in Majerus' absence, putting together one of the greatest seasons in school history. Under interim coach Jim Crews, the Billikens went 27-6, won the Atlantic 10 title (regular season and tournament) and earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
In the video above, you'll hear testimony from the Saint Louis seniors who once played under Majerus and now play in his memory.
As you might imagine, they have a few stories to tell.
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