Utah Utes basketball: Utes will honor the late Rick Majerus by hanging replica sweater inside arena Saturday

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  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 1, 2013 8:25 a.m.


    Both this article and the BYU schedule grading article were posted around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    Lonestar posted his jab at Utah fans nearly 4 hours later after naval, christy, and several other "Utah fans" (BYU haters) had posted jabs at BYU's schedule, while completely ignoring the Rick Majerus tribute article. At that time, the only two comments made about Utah's greatest basketball coach ever, had been complimentary comments from BYU fans.

    As LoneStar said,

    "It's embarrassing how completely Utah fans have abandoned their basketball program!"

    Jan. 31, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    Awesome story, jarus32, thanks for sharing.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 5:49 p.m.


    I was pointing out that this article is no place for jabs. Lonestar made is jab soon after this article was posted. Plenty of Utah fans have posted on this and all Utah fans respect coach Majerus.

    I think we can agree that the typical Utah / Byu rivalry talk should be left on other articles.

    Thanks for the explanation though.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Honest, mean, smart, crude, genius, jerk, mentor, destroyer, brilliant, troubled...Rick Majerus. RIP Coach. Your accomplishments stand alone.

  • jarus32 CEDAR CITY, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    My memories of Majerus are all good. I attended his camps growing up and while he was rough on the edges, I witnessed many positive attributes that I felt often went unnoticed. I was waiting with a friend for my grandparents to pick us up one day after camp, and he drove by in his Jeep Cherokee and asked us if we had a ride. We told him we did, but just to be sure he waited until the ride arrived to leave. One other, my dad and I went to watch practice on game day when they were playing CSU. The Utes were done so we watched CSU for a few minutes. Upon leaving, we ran into Majerus running in the hall. He stopped and visited with us for awhile, asking if we had tickets for that night and then he talked about how important it is to have a good father-son relationship. I loved watching his teams play and have many fond memories of classic WAC match-ups in the JMHC. I will be there Saturday with my two sons, and tell them about the big guy I knew. Thanks Rick.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Jan. 31, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Ran into Rick at an airport and told him I was a big fan of his even though I am an ardent BYU fan. To my surprise, he talked with me for a very long time which surprised me because he sort of had a rep of being a bit gruff. I heard that he left the U on less than better terms so this recognition is gracious and well deserved. He kicked our rears while the coach up there and definitely earned our respect.

  • SMS Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Glad to see the University honoring Majerus. I miss those days on the Hill when the Utes were a perenially top program in the country.

    Hopefully it motivates the team to beat Colorado, the Utes desperately need a home PAC-12 win.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 9:00 a.m.


    LonestarRunner's jab was at Utah fans who were so fixated on grading (taking jabs at) BYU's 2013 football schedule that they completely ignored the article talking about the tribute to the man LoneStarRunner referred to as "the greatest basketball coach in Utah history".

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    He pushed a lot of buttons but he pushed the right ones most of the time. For some reason the media around here hated him.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Jan. 31, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    Majerus was quirky, unconventional, funny, irreverent and one of the best college basketball coaches ever to wear a sweater to a game. Hanging it from the rafters is a great gesture.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    A fitting tribute to a great coach. I'm looking forward to the game for this reason alone. I hope the Utes can bounce back the way the Jazz did tonight.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    Majerus was some negative things, but his ability to coach cannot be questioned. He put Utah BB on the national scene so he certainly deserves to have his sweater hang from the rafters. Heck of strong bunch of rafters. RIP.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:00 p.m.


    This article is the appropriate place for your type of comment. Follow the lead from BlueCoug and OCoug. This article is about paying tribute to a great coach that passed away.

    Majerus was a great coach and I'm very happy the University is honoring him and his legacy by retiring his sweater.

    I hope the basketball team can top off the tribute to their old coach and figure out a way to win the game.

    Go Utes!

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    Four hours after the article was published and still not a single comment from a Utah fan about the greatest basketball coach in Utah history?

    It's embarrassing how completely Utah fans have abandoned their basketball program!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    Best College Basketball coach this state has seen, Bar None.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    A nice tribute to a great coach and enigmatic individual.

    It's too bad Rick couldn't have been there to enjoy the celebration, but, then again, that wasn't his style.