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One of the funniest and brilliant basketball minds ever.
Rest in Peace Coach Majerus.
Very sad indeed. RIP Coach Majerus.
Been a Cat fan since August of '92
RIP Rick. Was one of the best competitors. I loved when the Cats played his teams.
I met him once briefly in an airport in Chicago. I mentioned I was a Kentucky fan and said "How does it feel to win?" deadpan and then laughed. I think I was the only one who recognized him.
I don't think the casual fan realizes how great of a b-ball mind he had. His personality quirks (and his whole attitude for life really) kept him away from a big time job but the man was a genius.
What was wrong with him?
I'd say being morbidly obese for the majority of his life had something to do with it.
A truly top shelf coach who also had the rare ability to connect with his players as well as the fan base. I was a fan since he was at Ball State and would pull for him, except against the 'Cats.
It's a sad thing. Rest in peace Coach
One of my all time favorite quotes:
Rick Majerus on UC's Jihad Muhammad:
"He wouldn't want to get stuck behind me in the buffet line, and I wouldn't want to get stuck behind him at the airport."
He suffered from problems of the heart. He has had more than 1 heart attacks and that was why he had taken the year off from coaching at St. Louis. I remember him when KY played and beat his Utah teams in the tourney. He was both funny and gracious and did any of you know while at Utah for all those years he lived in a hotel room because he didnt like to do house work and the maids came in everyday and made his bed and cleaned up after him. He said that in interviews many times and I always got a big laugh from that. God bless you Rick and RIP.
This post was edited by sleepydog 16 months ago
Sad to see him go. A great coach and person.
He said he did not want to buy a house because he might get fired and he wanted to be able to move as soon as he did. lol
He was one of the best who had to work with the lesser of talent his whole life.
RIP my friend.
Coach was a great man. He was respectful of everyone. I had dinner with a number of coaches once and he dominated the room with his intelligence, humor and ability to connect with everyone from the waiters to the HOF guys there. He was a great coach and a remarkably nice guy. College athletics lost a gem.
Indeed, very sad.
What was it he said after we beat Utah?
Something along the lines of " they may as well bury me at Churchill Downs so they can run over me again and again"
This post was edited by Bob Sachamono 16 months ago
Majerus was a true original who had great respect for UK basketball and its tradition. Really, really loved the game of basketball.
He'll be missed.
For those that don't know, Majerus was the one that gave Glenn "Doc" Rivers his nickname at Marquette.
Sad news. It's a cautionary tale. If you have a weight problem get it under control while you're young. By the time Majerus started trying it was too late. Gone way too early.
Thats true he did sat that but the thing about the not liking housework he said several times also but never the less he will be missed and he was a funny guy and good coach.
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