Rick Majerus Dead: College Basketball Coach Dies At 64

12/01/2012 09:48 pm ET | Updated Dec 02, 2012
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Basketball coach Rick Majerus passed away on Saturday at age 64, according to various reports.

Ben Weixmann of Scout.com first tweeted the sad news, which was followed by a tweet from Xavier coach Chris Mack.

Angie Kvidera, Majerus' girlfriend, confirmed reports of his death in Los Angeles to USA Today. FOX Sports also reported that the longtime coach had passed citing a source from Saint Louis University.

Majerus took a leave of absence from St. Louis in August 2012 due to an ongoing serious heart condition, which has prevented him from coaching this season. Jim Crews was named interim head coach.

Per Sports-Reference.com, Majerus coached for 26 years and had an overall record of 520-219 (70.4%). He was 19-13 in the NCAA Tournament and went to one Final Four.

Upon hearing the reports, some in the college basketball world reacted on Twitter.

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LOS ANGELES — Rick Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.

Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach's longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.

Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn't return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.

Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August.

Majerus had a history of heart problems dating to 1989. He had a stent inserted in August 2011 in Salt Lake City and missed some games in the 2011-12 season after gashing his leg in a collision with players.

Majerus was 95-69 in five seasons at Saint Louis and had a 25-year record of 517-216. He had his most success at Utah, going 323-95 from 1989-2004. He was at Marquette from 1983-86, and Ball State from 1987-89.

He took 12 teams to the NCAA tournament and four to the NIT, with the 1998 Utah team losing to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.

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