Late SLU coach Rick Majerus is selected to college hoops Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The late Rick Majerus, who coached the Saint Louis University men’s basketball team for five seasons, and longtime coach Lute Olson headline the 2019 class of six former players and three influential coaches selected Tuesday for the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Joining them during the induction ceremony this November are former Indiana star Calbert Cheaney (a former Billikens assistant coach under Jim Crews, Majerus’ successor), Duke’s Shane Battier, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Ernie DiGregorio of Providence, UNLV‘s Larry Johnson, Stanford standout Todd Lichti and longtime Valparaiso coach Homer Drew.
Majerus coached the Billikens from 2007-12, compiling a record of 95-69. His final SLU team went 12-4 to finish second in the Atlantic 10 and 26-8 overall, making its only NCAA Tournament appearance under him.
A few months after that season, Majerus announced that he would not be able to coach the 2012-13 team because of heart problems. He died of heart failure Dec. 1, 2012.
Overall, Majerus won 517 games at Marquette, Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis. He was best known for his time with the Utes, leading them to the national championship game in 1998.