Majerus to take leave of absence from St. Louis

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Preseason A-10 favorite St. Louis hit a snag today as the University announced head coach Rick Majerus will sit out the 2012-2013 season due to health issues.

“Rick is in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition,” Director of Athletics Chris May said. “His health is the most important issue right now, and our hope is for full and complete recovery.”

“I appreciate what Rick has done to return SLU men’s basketball to national prominence,” University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. said. “I know that he would like to be here with his players and coaches this season, and all of us at SLU will keep Rick in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

 SLU assistant Jim Crews will fill in as interim head coach in Majerus’ absence.
The Billikens have been pegged as a chic pick to finish atop the A-10 standings after returning most of last season’s 26-8 team that took top-seeded Michigan State to the brink in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32.
Crews takes over as a seasoned leader, having 24 years of experience as a head coach, compiling a 354-348 career record while at Army and Evansville.

 

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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