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Majerus to resign at end of season

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Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Utah men's head basketball coach Rick Majerus has decided to leave his position with the school at the end of the season. The 55-year-old Majerus was hospitalized late Tuesday night with health problems. He began suffering chest pains at dinner on Tuesday. The problem then got worse and caused pain to radiate down his left arm. Majerus contacted his cardiologist in Santa Barbara, CA and the doctor urged him to fly there for immediate treatment.

He

is

currently under

his cardiologist's care

in a Santa Barbara hospital, where he will remain indefinitely.

Utah assistant coach Kerry Rupp will guide the team in Majerus' absence. The Utes are 15-5 this season, including a 3-2 mark in the Mountain West Conference.

Majerus is in his 15th season at Utah and has an overall record of 323-95 at the school. Under his guidance, the Utes have made 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 total appearances in postseason play. In 1998, Utah lost to in the national championship game.

"Rick has done a wonderful job as our basketball coach for the past 15 years," said director of athletics Dr. . "He has taken this program to national prominence and his student-athletes do well academically and conduct themselves in a way that is a credit to the University of Utah. He has been a major building block to the growth of our entire athletics department. More than anything, Rick is a co-worker and I wish him the best with his health and his future endeavors."

Majerus also coached at for three years and for two and owns a career record of 422-147. He has never had a losing campaign in his 20 years as a coach and has averaged 21 wins per season over the course of his career.
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