It's sad to think that Rick will never coach another basketball game.Great coach; enigmatic personality; mixed opinions on how he treated his
Brought me to a pause yesterday. Such memories! Going to home games during my
college years was so memorable. I had front row tickets through the 6th Fan Club
for 3 straight years. Front Row!It was awesome to watch the man defense
our teams played. Opponents would end up just going one on one because they
could not run their offense. Rarely did we give up easy buckets. The best
opposing player was almost always taken out of his game. There was no better
coach at half court defense and rebounding. Plus the motion offense was the
essence of team ball. Amazing.Remember the battles with the Lobos and
Cougars? Nearly always epic. (If you think Bronco and Kyle aren't friends,
you never saw Reid and Majerus.) Yet, we were the only WAC team that could
advance through rounds in the NCAA tourney. When he had time to prepare...Read his book. Read Allred's book. Such a complex character. No doubt, he
was hard for the athletic dept to control. No doubt, he had players who disliked
him. Most of us were not on the inside to know his true character, but he was an
God bless and rest in peach Coach Majerus! The thing that I will remember the
most about him as a coach was taking the Runnin Utes to the 1998 NCAA Final
Four, beating Arizona and North Carolina, but finally losing to Kentucky in the
championship game. Thanks for putting the Utah basketball program on the map!
Majerus was the best coach the Utes have ever seen. He knew the game better
than almost anyone else in the game. He coached his players literally to
specific inches on the floor. He was a genius when it came to the X's and
O's of basketball. He could be abrasive but he also got the most out of
his players and had a very charitable side as well.No doubt Rick
will also be remembered for his sense of humor. The man was full of one liners
and was always up for making himself the butt of the joke. One of my favorite
quotes was after losing to Kentucky in the NCAA final, the Utes had lost to them
in the tournament the previous two years as well and Rick said "They should
burry me at the finish line of Churchill Downs so they can keep running over
me." He somehow took the loss on himself after getting a team to the finals
that nobody gave a chance to. Quite an amazing man indeed and he
will be forever missed. Naming the court after him or retiring his sweater
would be a great tribute.
He put Utah basketball on the map. Truly amazing coach. Got the best out of his
talent which resulted in recruiting even better talent. Personality issues aside
he was successful at consistently putting out a great basketball team almost
every year of his tenure at the U.
I'll never forget all those seasons sitting in the family seats as a kid.
Never missed a game at Huntsman. Watching Van Horn, Doleac, Andre Miller, but
most especially just watching Majerus pick teams apart. It was always a chess
match, and we always knew we were going to win. Majerus was the master.
I once heard Keith Van Horn say, "Some of the coaches lessons are for now
and some are for later on in life." He had his flaws, as
"some" of us do, but I have never seen a better basketball coach or
teacher of the game. I also remember saying hi to him when he was jogging down
Montana Ave in Santa Monica. He stopped, shook hands with me and invited me to
an alumni function. I will never forget the time he put his career on the
line during the NCAA tourney, when one of his players (Britton Johnsen) was
accused of yelling a racist slur at a UNC player. "This is a good kid and he
didn't say this. If I'm wrong, I'll retire." The
Johnsen's probably remember this.And funny? My favorite Majerus line
was when they asked him if he had learned anything after his heart surgery and
he made mention of the rib place on 4th South that was made out of a railroad
car. "I learned that when I go to the choo choo train, I can have some of
the ribs, but not ALL of the ribs.
Basketball Genius. Jedi master of the court. Desciple of the hardwood.Majerus understood and saw things on the court better than anyone. He
has been missed for a long long time.
Box-and-oneDiamond-and-oneTriangle-and-twoHe knew his
X's, his O's and a few Cyrillic characters as well. Dude could coach.
what a sad day it is.
Unmatched at X's and O's.I was begging him through the TV
screen to give Andre Miller a rest during the second half of the Kentucky game.
Andre and the Utes ran out of gas, and the Utes took second. As a BYU fan I
would've had to listen to Ute trolls brag endlessly (as opposed to Ute FANS
whom I would've celebrated with and for), yet I still wish the Utes
would've won that game.
Very sad news. I was in school at the U during those very best years. He
squeezed out every bit of talent from kids and got them to play their absolute
best. Unfortunately, there won't be any one quite like him again. Thanks coach.
A great coach in a great game, Big Rick will be missed. Thank you for all you
gave to the sport, the players, and the community.Syllypitiria. Zoi
Larger than life, one of a kind coach. The run to the National Championship was
masterful, it was indeed epic.Thanks for the memories, Coach
Shocking to hear coach Majerus has passed. He coached when I was a student at
the U. Awesome memories of going to games. Utah basketball was amazing. RIP
RIPI'll always cherish the 1998 run. With lesser talent
rolling over defending champion Arizona, downing UNC, and at the end running out
of gas against Kentucky.
Truly one of the great ones in the coaching profession. As a devoted Y fan,
like Urban Meyer, I was thrilled to see him leave Dodge. Some people just have
the 'it' factor and Coach was one of them, for absolUTE!
Great coach. As a BYU fan, I was glad to see him leave, but hate to see him
check out this way. I am sure he will be remembered with fondness and respect
on the hill.
Great coach, complex personality. He will be missed.
Never met Rick personally, but I know a few people who were quite close with him
while he was in Utah, and I gotta say that the basketball world lost a great one
today. Very abrasive and demanding of his players, and many players have
undoubtedly held it against him for years, but in the big picture, he pushed and
demanded so much because he expected and hoped for greatness for them all.Some guys got it, some guys didn't, but I know if you asked Keith
Van Horn, Michael Doleac, Andre Miller or the like, they have to be devastated
almost as if they lost their own father. From what I understand, when the NCAA
imposed sanctions on the University in the late 90s, one of the cited violations
was an impermissible meal given to Van Horn after Keith's father passed
away and Coach took him to a diner and sat and ate and talked with him all
night.Certainly not without his faults, and not entirely surprising
given his weight and health over the years, but it definitely doesn't take
away from his accomplishments on the court, and more importantly in his
I have amazing memories of going to games with my dad when I was a kid, and that
is in part thanks to Coach Majerus.I second the idea of retiring the
sweater. That thing should be hung from the rafters.
As time passes in Utah basketball and the years get further removed from
Rick's tenure, it's easy to forget what Majerus accomplished at Utah.
The legacy of Utah basketball, which Majerus was a huge part of often gets lost
as well, especially during the down times of late in Utah hoops. But Rick
Majerus produced huge success and brought national attention to the Ute program
before Utah football took off. I remember the Rick years as being
epic. He took over the program when I was 18 years old and left in 2004 when I
was 34. I have great memories of those years in Utah basketball. Majerus was a complicated man who was troubled within his genius. His troubles
are gone now and I choose to remember and honor the man as Utah man sir. God bless Rick Majerus.
Shocked. Shouldn't be, but it's still a shock. Loved the days when he
was getting the most of the Utes even against my Cougars. Excellent coach and
may he rest in peace.
This is very sad, being young when he coached here I didn't realize how
much he did for the state and the university of utah, R rest In Peace.
Although not surprising, this is sad news. I got to know Rick over the years
when I coached high school and college basketball locally. I worked at his
summer basketball camp for 13 years, and saw many sides of Rick. Every summer,
at the end of each week of basketball camp, he would talk about how much he
missed his late father. He always thanked me personally for working at his camp.
I know that Rick had many flaws, but he also did a lot of good for a lot of
people. He was complex, indeed. I have still never met anyone who knew
basketball like he did. He had a brilliant basketball mind. A lot of people
might think Rick wasn't fond of the LDS Church, but he loved the returned
missionaries he coached, admiring their discipline and toughness. I also
remember Rick taking the microphone at a home game right after President Howard
W. Hunter died, and having a moment of silence for him. Rest In Peace, Coach.
Thanks, Rick, for all you did for the U. The run in the big dance in 1998 was
epic!! Rest in peace......
This is a sad, sad day. I spent a year under Majerus and it was one of the best
experiences of my life. Wherever you are big Rick, thank you for all you
did for Utah basketball and for the student athletes. We'll miss you but
we'll never forget you. Message to Chris Hill; retire the sweater
ASAP and name the court 'Rick Majerus Court'.Rest in peace Rick.