Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/8/12
MILWAUKEE -- Coaches don't wear uniforms. So, Marquette coach Buzz Williams needed a way to pay homage to former MU coach Rick Majerus. What he came up with was pretty meaningful. Tossing off his usual coat and tie, Williams wore Majerus' trademark black turtleneck. "I wanted to be respectful," Williams said. "I just wanted to have it be as a tribute. Our kids are wearing the patch. I just think what he's meant to basketball in general and what he's meant to the state and the service he gave to our institution that was the least I could do." One week after Majerus passed away from heart failure at 64, his funeral was held at the Church of Gesu on the Marquette campus prior to the Golden Eagles' Saturday in-state rivalry game with Wisconsin. A moment of silence was observed at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for Majerus prior to the game. An alumnus of the university, Majerus spent 12 seasons as an assistant at Marquette under Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds and was on McGuire's staff for the school's 1977 national championship. Majerus took over as head coach in 1983 and guided Marquette to a 56-35 record and three trips to the National Invitation Tournament before leaving to take an assistant coaching job in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks. Hundreds arrived from around the country to honor Majerus, including Marquette alum and Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who flew to Milwaukee for the ceremony despite coaching a game in Philadelphia Friday and another in Boston later Saturday night. Williams was unable to attend the funeral due to normal gameday preparations, but the current Marquette coach went to the church early Saturday morning to meet Majerus' sisters and some of the others who were in town for the ceremony. As for the turtleneck tribute? "Because we won, I'm going to wear it next Saturday," Williams said. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brett Favre Hall of Fame discussion took less than 10 seconds

WATCH: Pop wishes Kobe well in heartfelt message

Eric Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Cam Newton to be named NFL MVP

Ezekiel Elliott hung out with Jim Brown

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Sacramento Kings seriously considering firing George Karl

Rick Pitino says school should be penalized, 'but not this team'

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban defends hack-a-player strategy

Jameis Winston awarded Pepsi NFL rookie of the Year

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Terrell Owens says he was not elected to Hall of Fame

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

$40,000 in Super Bowl tickets stolen from San Francisco hotel

Rams fan makes Super Bowl commercial ripping Stan Kroenke

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker