Complicated personalities are sometimes hard for people to understand.If you are looking for a crude, fat guy, then that's all you will see in
Coach Majerus. But if you are willing/able to look beyond the obvious
characteristics, he had a lot to offer.The loyalty that many of his
players showed, and continue to show him, speaks volumes about who Majerus
really was.Of those of us commenting here, who knew him better than
I went to grade school, high school and college with Rick. I got to Utah in
1974 after graduating from Marquette Universtiy. Rick got here later thanks to
Jeff Jonas getting him the job at the University of Utah.We stayed
in touch but he definitely started to change his personality and core values
over time. It was almost that his ego grew as big as his girth. He just turned
into a different guy, but not sure why. Maybe because he was so consumed by all
things basketball that he was so one demensional that he just kind of lost
perspective.I will always owe him one though, because when I invited
him to speak at my Rotary Club he told the over sized audience that if the three
point shot was around when we were in college, I would still be playing.I am glad Doc still loves him and maybe a few others, but he pushed away
so many people that cared about him. Pretty sad for a guy that had a lot if
success and should have had a better ending.
Rick was the best. I met him a few times and he was always cordial and nice to
me. Always wanted to get the best out of his players. Doleac, Van Horn, and
Miller would not have developed without his tenacity to get kids to overachieve.
I doubt they complain that he pushed their buttons as they became successful
millionaires because of him.
65uptoss:Not quite. To really sum it up, you need to add that
Majerus was responsible for 11 NCAA appearances, 7 Top 25 finishes, and a 22-11
record against your coogs. And, contrary to D. Rose, he never forgot how to
"obsessive, rude, crude..." Yeah - that about sums it up.