Wednesday , Jan , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Majerus to resign at end of season

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Utah men’s head basketball coach Rick
Majerus has decided to leave his position with the school at the end of the
season. The 55-year-old Majerus was hospitalized late Tuesday night with
health problems.

He began suffering chest pains at dinner on Tuesday. The problem then got
worse and caused pain to radiate down his left arm. Majerus contacted his
cardiologist in Santa Barbara, CA and the doctor urged him to fly there
for immediate treatment.

He is currently under his cardiologist’s care in a Santa Barbara
hospital, where he will remain indefinitely.

Utah assistant coach Kerry Rupp will guide the team in Majerus’ absence. The
Utes are 15-5 this season, including a 3-2 mark in the Mountain West

Majerus is in his 15th season at Utah and has an overall record of 323-95 at
the school. Under his guidance, the Utes have made 10 trips to the NCAA
Tournament and 12 total appearances in postseason play. In 1998, Utah lost to
Kentucky in the national championship game.

“Rick has done a wonderful job as our basketball coach for the past 15 years,”
said director of athletics Dr. Chris Hill. “He has taken this program to
national prominence and his student-athletes do well academically and conduct
themselves in a way that is a credit to the University of Utah. He has been a
major building block to the growth of our entire athletics department. More
than anything, Rick is a co-worker and I wish him the best with his health and
his future endeavors.”

Majerus also coached at Marquette for three years and Ball State for two and
owns a career record of 422-147. He has never had a losing campaign in his 20
years as a coach and has averaged 21 wins per season over the course of his