Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/1/12
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. The coach had been hospitalized there for several months. Players remembered Majerus as a coach who was exacting and perhaps a bit unorthodox at times, but always fair. ''It was a unique experience, I'll tell you that, and I loved every minute of it,'' said Saint Louis guard Kyle Cassity, who was mostly a backup on last season's 26-win team after starting for Majerus earlier in his college career. ''A lot of people questioned the way he did things, but I loved it. He'd be hard as hell on you, but he really cared.'' The school announced Nov. 19 that Majerus wouldn't return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He e...
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