The late Rick Majerus saw it coming: SLU is in the Top 10
FEB 17, 2014 3:20p ET
The coach, who passed away in December 2012 of heart failure, contacted Canzano to talk about Oregon native Brian Conklin, who was having a remarkable season that included first-team Atlantic 10 Conference honors and academic All-American accolades.
But Majerus, who took over at SLU in 2007, told Canzano something that would come true just 23 months later.
The Billikens (23-2), who hadn't been in the Top 10 of the AP poll since the 1964-65 season, accomplished that Monday.
On Majerus' birthday, no less. He would have turned 66 on Monday.
Michigan State was the school that knocked the Billikens out the NCAA tournament in 2012 with a 65-61 defeat in the round of 32. That was the last game Majerus coached.
One of the assistant coaches on the SLU staff then, Chris Harriman, is now an assistant at Nebraska. The irony of the Cornhuskers' remarkable win at Michigan State was not lost on the former Billikens assistant coach.
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