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Funeral arrangments for Rick Majerus announced

7:35 AM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
Saint Louis Billikens head coach Rick Majerus -- Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
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(KSDK Sports) -- The funeral for former St. Louis University baseketball coach Rick Majerus is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Gesu Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Saint Louis University will hold a public memorial service for Rick Majerus Friday, Dec. 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Chaifetz Pavilion.

"Rick Majerus impacted so many people within the SLU and St. Louis communities," SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said. "We look forward to celebrating the life of Coach Majerus with the Saint Louis community. Current and former student-athletes, interim head coach Jim Crews and other members of the SLU family will speak and share their favorite Coach Majerus memories."

Rick Majerus, who won more than 70 percent of his games as a men's college basketball coach and took Utah to the 1998 national championship game, died Saturday at age 64.

Majerus' girlfriend, Angie Kvidera, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Majerus died Saturday in Los Angeles.

The final on-court chapter in Majerus' career was a fitting one: a 65-61 loss in a taut chess match against another of the sport's great bench coaches, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Majerus concluded a 25-year head coaching career - which included stops at his alma mater Marquette, Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis - with a 517-215 record. He reached the NCAA tournament 12 times, most notably leading Utah to the 1998 national title game before losing to Kentucky. Last season he took the Billikens to the NCAAs for the first time in 12 years.


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