Majerus returned SLU program to prominence

4:41 PM, Nov 17, 2012   |    comments
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  • Saint Louis Billikens head coach Rick Majerus yells from the bench during the game against the Memphis Tigers during the second round in the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

(KSDK Sports)  -- On Friday, St. Louis University confirmed men's basketball coach, Rick Majerus, would not return due to health issues related to his treatment for a serious heart condition. 

On Saturday, the news has begun to settle in, allowing Billiken fans to reflect on just what Majerus accomplished during his tenure as head coach.

In his five seasons in St. Louis, Majerus had a record of 95-69, but more importantly, Majerus put St. Louis Billikens basketball back on the radar as a program to be watched. 

In perhaps his finest season in St. Louis,  last season, he guided the Billikens to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, SLU's first NCAA appearance since 2000. In addition, the Billikens topped Memphis in the second round for their first NCAA Tournament win since 1998. Saint Louis entered the national polls for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

Additional highlights of the Majerus era at SLU include the Billikens reaching the final of the postseason College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2009-10. Last year, the Billikens captured the ESPN 76 Classic in Anaheim, SLU's first in-season tournament title since 1986.

Majerus' 25-year career record is 517-216. Majerus has taken 12 teams to the NCAA Tournament and four to the NIT during his career. His 1998 University of Utah team advanced to the NCAA championship final. Majerus has reached the 20-win plateau 15 times, including two seasons with 30 wins.

During his time at SLU, Majerus had eight players earn Academic All-Conference honors, the most by any Atlantic 10 Conference program during that span. He has coached six Academic All-Americans in his career, including two with the Billikens.

The university says that fans wishing to send Majerus items of support, such as cards or letters, may do so by sending the items to Rick Majerus, Chaifetz Arena, 3330 Laclede Ave., St. Louis MO 63103. All items will be sent directly to Majerus. Fans also will have the opportunity to sign "Get Well Soon" cards at upcoming Billikens' games.

The school will honor Majerus at a home game during the Atlantic 10 season. Fans will have the opportunity to sign "Get Well Soon" cards at upcoming games.

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