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Utah to honor former coach Rick Majerus by hanging sweater from rafters

Dec 4, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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Rick Majerus coached at Utah for 14 seasons and now, after news of his passing, the university will honor the man who led its program to 11 NCAA tournament appearances.

Athletic director Chris Hill announced Monday that the school will be hanging a signature white Majerus sweater from the rafters at the Utes’ home arena to commemorate the longtime coach’s life and work at the university.

The team will also hold a moment of silence before its next home game and players will wear black patches on their jerseys in his honor, Hill said.

“Rick left a lasting legacy at the University of Utah, not only for his incredible success and the national prominence he brought to our basketball program, but also for the tremendous impact he made on the young men who were fortunate enough to play on his teams,” Hill said in a statement after Majerus’ passing.

“His standard of excellence extended beyond the basketball court and into the academic and personal success of his players. He will be deeply missed and we grieve for his family and all of his friends.”

In his time with Utah, Majerus amassed an overall record of 323-95, including 11 NCAA tournament appearances, two Sweet 16 berths (1991, 1996), one Elite Eight (1997), and one appearance in the national title game (1998).

He passed away Saturday at the age of 64.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. blackmike2 - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    a unique gesture, and a fitting way to honor the guy who had u of utah hoops on the map for awhile (that sweater won’t fit many people). i’ll attend to recall all those good games and great college players that wouldn’t have been in salt lake had it not been for coach majerus, especially michael doleac, andre miller, keith van horn, (though keith never could get the better of tim duncan).

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