Rick Majerus Reportedly Steps Down As SLU Head Coach

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Head coach Rick Majerus of the St. Louis Billikens looks on from the bench during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Rick Majerus has reportedly stepped down from his position as SLU's coach, as he deals with serious health issues. Jim Crews will take over on an interim basis.

Saint Louis University coach Rick Majerus has stepped down from his position, according to Bob Ramsey of 101 ESPN (via Ben Weixlmann). Majerus is set to undergo treatment for a possible heart condition, said the school. Jim Crews has been tabbed as the interim head coach for the Billikens.

Majerus, 64, is no stranger to health issues affecting his ability to coach. During his first year at Utah in 1989, he coached just six games before undergoing heart surgery. Following the 2003-04 season, Majerus left Utah to focus on his health. Then, after accepting the head coaching position at USC just a few months later, Majerus ultimately changed his mind, citing health issues.

The Billikens, led by Majerus, made it to the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, losing a close decision to Michigan State. Saint Louis won 26 games, which was the second time during Majerus' five-year run that they eclipsed the 20-win mark.

Crews will lead a team that is thought of by many as a potential top-25 squad. The Billikens return two of their top performers from a year ago in seniors Kwamain Mitchell and Cody Ellis.

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