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 Reportedly Steps Down As SLU Head Coach

Rick Majerus revitalized Saint Louis University basketball in 2012's NCAA Tournament, but health issues have reportedly forced him to step down. Jim Crews will replace him.

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Rick Majerus Out As Saint Louis University Basketball Head Coach, Potentially For Good

After five seasons as head coach Rick Majerus finally brought the Saint Louis Billikens' once-sleepy basketball program back to March Madness glory in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, when they defeated Memphis 61-54 in the Round of 64. Any hopes of building on that success, at least for Majerus, were dashed Friday, when it came out that serious heart problems would keep Majerus from coaching in the 2012-2013 season. Jim Crews, formerly head coach at Army and the University of Evansville, was named interim head coach.

Majerus hasn't been removed at the Billikens' head coach entirely, but his contract was set to expire at the end of next season; at this stage, at least, it seems unlikely that he'll return. Since joining the program in 2007 Majerus has a 56-35 record; the Billikens job was his return to coaching after 15 years at the University of Utah, where he was 323-95. At Utah Majerus was also forced to take leaves of absence—and eventually leave for good—due to health issues.

For more on SLU basketball and this sudden change in the braintrust, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis.

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