Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Reports: Majerus resigns from USC job

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Rick Majerus, who was introduced Wednesday
as the head basketball coach at Southern California starting with the 2005-06
season, has reportedly decided to resign from that position.

Before accepting the Trojans’ coaching job on Tuesday, the 56-year-old
Majerus had been serving as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, which first
reported his resignation from USC. The network said Majerus, who will
continue his television work, is expected to announce his resignation Monday.

Health issues are a likely reason for Majerus’ change of mind. According to an report published Saturday, Majerus has been “working full force” since
accepting the USC job and is already experiencing physical discomfort.

Majerus was to assume the post April 1, but was already working with the USC
staff. also reported that USC had tentatively prepared a press conference
for Monday to announce Majerus’ resignation while already focusing on finding
a new coach.

If USC’s search for a new coach is reopened, it will be headed by associate
athletic director Daryl Gross, who has accepted the athletic director’s
position at Syracuse. Gross would want to fill USC’s coaching vacancy before
leaving the school early next year.

Majerus spent 15 seasons as the head man at Utah, but resigned in January,
2004 because of heart problems. During his tenure, he compiled a 308-90 mark,
while making 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament and one appearance in the
national championship game in 1998. The club lost to Kentucky in the title

He has also coached at Marquette and Ball State, compiling a career mark of
407-142 in 19 years.

The USC job was vacant after the club fired Henry Bibby on December 6, just
four games into the season. Bibby left the Trojans with a 131-111
overall record. He was in his ninth year as their head coach after
spending one season as an assistant with the school.

Assistant Jim Saia has been serving as interim head coach of the Trojans since
Bibby’s firing.