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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Remembering Rick Majerus

"Absolutely heartbroken with these reports. Prayers to Coach Majerus' family and all the wonderful student-athletes & staff at Saint Louis U."
- Frank Haith

"Rick Majerus was on my Mount Rushmore of basketball teachers along with Hubie Brown, Bob Knight, Dick Bennett and Bob Hurley."
- Fran Fraschilla

"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."
- Porter Moser

"As an institution, a program, and as a coach, we are saddened by Coach Majerus' passing.   The game has lost one of the great innovators whose mark will never be forgotten.  He will be missed by the entire college basketball community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Majerus family."
- Buzz Williams

"He was a brilliant, brilliant coach.  There was a point in my career when I was asked, 'What coach would you pay to see?' I told them that if I could go to anybody's practice, it'd be Rick Majerus'. I never got to do that."
- Tom Crean

"I was saddened to hear about the losses. Rick's one of the all-time greats."
- John Calipari

"That's a tough one for me," said an emotional Rivers, visibly shaken by Majerus' death. "He's the one that gave me my name.  I knew before (the game) that he wasn't going to make it through the night. I don't want to talk much about it.''"
- Doc Rivers 

“He’s done so much for basketball at Marquette and all through the state of WisconsinFor me personally, he’s always been there. He’s one of those guys who, if you don’t see Rick for a while and when something was going wrong and you needed help, boom, he’d be there. He did so much for me over the years when I was trying to get my career going. Just extending himself and giving you whatever it is you needed, whether it was a phone call, having me come out to Salt Lake and staying with him four or five weeks at a time working. He’d basically give you the shirt off his back, if that’s what you needed. He would do whatever it took. He’s going to be really missed. Great person.”
- Jim Boylan 

"a fundamentalist guy with a great basketball mind"
- Jerry Sloan

"Very sad to hear of the passing of Rick Majerus. I loved covering him and getting to know him. Huge loss to basketball, to say the least."
- Pat Forde

"So sad to hear about the passing of former ESPN colleague and one helluva coach Rick Majerus. He will be missed by many. May he RIP."
- Dick Vitale

''Rick would hold court at night with a case of beer in the basement.  Phenomenal coach, a better person, cared about family, cared about people. He will be missed by everyone.'
- Steve Fisher

''We've certainly lost a member of the coaching fraternity that all of us respect.  It became very apparent when you prepared for his team and watched him coach against your team that there are very few coaches that are more prepared, more detail-oriented that knew the game comprehensively than Rick Majerus. You could also sense that basketball, the game, the love of the game was really part of his life.''
- Sean Miller

''He was a great coach and a really, really good person.  It's a sad day for basketball because he was a brilliant man.''
- Ben Howland



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