LYNDHURST, N.J. – The first move was taking the year off from coaching. Then, retirement was the next step. All the while you hoped for the best and that these moves would improve the situation. Ultimately, they didn’t. As we enter the joys of the holiday season we were saddened to hear of the passing of coach Rick Majerus. More than simply a coach, Majerus was a mentor, friend, source of inspiration and/or comfort… just so much to so many.
The story goes how Majerus tried out for the Marquette team. Coach Al McGuire told him to forget it, there was no talent there to speak of. Majerus cried, then later embarked on a career in coaching. In the realm of basketball lifers, Majerus was the leader, if there was one. The sound of the ball making contact with hardwood or asphalt was like a symphony to him.