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Majerus at Niagara

December 13, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Rick Majerus, with just one losing season in 24 years of basketball coaching, died earlier this month due to heart failure.

Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times described Majerus as “the man with the huge heart and similar body shape, the man who knew more about basketball than 99.6 percent of the human race and coached every day of his adult life as if it were the Gospel.”

Majerus was the head coach at Ball State, Utah and St. Louis. But he got his start assisting Al McGuire at Marquette University. During that time, Majerus agreed to speak at Niagara High School’s spring all-awards program.

“I was saddened to learn that Rick Majerus died,” Kerry Grippen wrote in the Niagara Journal.

Grippen landed many great speakers for the Niagara program over the years. Majerus was one of the best, giving this blogger a scoop on a Marquette recruit.

“Majerus was funny, did a great job, and chased Patrick Thibert around the old gym” Grippen recalled.



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