@stgWell I don't want to detract from his night or what it
meant for the University and its basketball program. He was undoubtedly a great
basketball coach who did great things at Utah. I think it was entirely
appropriate for them to honor him like they did and I'm glad you enjoyed
the evening and the ceremony. As for the other stuff, well we'll have to
disagree and I don't want to have a negative conversation over a dead man,
I'm glad he was honored for the things he accomplished. His tenure at Utah
was definately a high water mark for University of Utah basketball fans.
Continued: Last night was special. Lots of former Utes in the house, including
Billy McGill, Coach Pimm and Coach McBride just to name a few, and I met several
of Rick's former players. Most of their reminiscences were horror stories
about him making them run extra stairs or calling them names, but it was not
hatred or inconvenience they spoke of him with, it was adoration for the people
he had helped them become. Very memorable night for me.
Duckhunter, my apologies, I didn't clarify to say that not EVERY one of
those players asked him to godfather for them (obviously this is not a tradition
in the LDS church, so they couldn't if they wanted to), but some of them
did. I would guarantee you that if you asked any player if they loved everything
about Majerus, there would undoubtedly be several things they disliked, whether
it be offensive language or just criticism. But any player that was tough enough
to stick around him their entire career would probably tell you of the work
ethic, importance of a college degree, and many other important attributes that
many other successful college coaches fail to emphasize because their job
depends on them winning games. To quote him: "That's a special feeling,
to know you can achieve on the national level like this with real, actual
college students. Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying we're the
only program doing that. But it does make it special."
@vegas uteYou realize that BYU owns utah all time in basketball
don't you? LOL!
@stgI agree they should have honored him like this, he won a lot of
games. But this statement just isn't factual:"Jensen, Van
Horn, Miller, Doleac, the Johnsens, and dozens of others whom he treated as his
own children and served as godfather for their children as he didn't have
any of his own."If you listened to Britton Johnson's
interview on 1280 the other day you would know that he and his brother at least
did not feel the way about Majerus you claimed. To the contrary Britton said he
would not want his son to play for a coach like Majerus or have to endure the
things they endured from Majerus. I have heard him say before that if he had it
to do over again he would attend BYU and play for Steve Cleveland before
he'd play for Majerus. I really don't think he was asking Majerus to
be godfather to his children.That said he was a great coach and this
honor was based on his coaching accomplishments at utah which were undeniably
many and great.
Dear Brother Triumph,Please be sure to study the lesson material
How ironic that the uninformed, negative posts are coming from Utah County. The
Marriott Center will never hang a Reid sweater or pants or anything.Sweater in the rafters is a fitting gesture for an iconic coach. The southies
will forever be jealous of what big brother accomplished with Majerus. The
southies have NEVER, nor will EVER see such basketball prowess grace their
floors.RIP big guy! You will be missed.
Johnny T did you know him personally or did you just draw your own opinion from
the bottom of a box of Wheaties and some of the press.
Johnny TriumphShow a little respect.Regardless of what
you may think of Majerus as a person, Rick was a great coach and nothing would
be more appropriate for the U to honor him than to "retire" his iconic
sweater in the rafters of the Huntsman.
@dbrbmw: The coach's trousers were not iconic, just his sweater.
I loved watching his Utes play. I love Majerus. He deserves this recognition. He
made some mistakes, so what? Live above the line and have some respect for big
Wow...I don't know that I have ever seen someone "dis" a memorial
gesture? Gotta be a new low...You're a real leader Sir
Johnny Triumph, thanks for your opinion. He was not for everybody but apparently
you know more about him than Jensen, Van Horn, Miller, Doleac, the Johnsens, and
dozens of others whom he treated as his own children and served as godfather for
their children as he didn't have any of his own.
"A silly thing to do . . ."JT:They aren't
naming the floor or arena after him. But thanks for casting the first stone.
Terrible headline DN. The homepage link simply says "Majerus replica"
and omits his sweater. Since the U is not hanging an effigy of the man from the
rafters, you might consider changing this.
I think it's a great gesture, regardless of his flaws, especially since I
have yet to meet an unflawed person.
A silly thing to do to celebrate a good coach yet irrational person. He may
have had good success at the U but he was certainly not a good role model.
Awesome. We were so lucky to have him leading us on the hill for so many years.
RIP coach.Go Utes!
A fitting tribute to a great coach.