College football notebook: Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus will not return
TribLIVE Sports Videos
ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis men's basketball coach Rick Majerus will not return to the team because of a serious heart condition.
The 64-year-old Majerus ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
“Coach Majerus' health is of the utmost importance, and our thoughts and prayers are with him as he faces his challenges,” athletic director Chris May said Friday in a statement.
Majerus has been undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August. He and his representatives have requested that the school's department of athletics not provide additional details regarding his health.
Majerus has a history of heart woes dating to 1989 and has been on blood thinner medication.
Majerus has a 25-year record of 517-216 with just one losing season and was 95-69 in five seasons at Saint Louis.
Jim Crews, added to the coaching staff last season by Majerus, is the school's interim coach.
NCAA: Muhammad eligible
The NCAA on Friday ruled UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad is eligible to play, and the star freshman guard is set to make his Bruins debut Monday night.
The NCAA said Friday that UCLA's sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.
Still dismissed from EMU
Eastern Michigan has dismissed junior forward James Still from its basketball team while an assault case against him is being resolved in court.
The school said Friday that Still has been dismissed from team activities in accordance with athletic department policy.
St. John's Bourgault eligible
Junior college transfer Marc-Antoine Bourgault has been declared eligible to play for St. John's, and the 6-foot-6 shooter joined the Red Storm on Friday night in the Charleston Classic.
Florida reinstates PG Wilbekin
No. 10 Florida has reinstated point guard Scottie Wilbekin, ending his suspension after three games.
Coach Billy Donovan announced Wilbekin's return Friday, saying the 6-foot-2 junior will be available against Middle Tennessee on Sunday in Tampa.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Penguins’ best bet is on Martin
- Burnett’s stellar start paves way for Pirates’ victory over Diamondbacks
- From injuries to front office, Penguins’ season didn’t lack drama
- Spirit Airlines lifts fortunes of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
- Penguins president: General manager, coach won’t be fired
- Young defensemen make case for future with Penguins
- High risk, reward with 1st-round quarterbacks in NFL Draft
- Elites, media & character
- Pirates’ Cole reinforces status as emerging ace
- Biertempfel: Observations from a day at the ballpark
- Pitt AD Barnes has enjoyed varied career in college sports