ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Rick Majerus has stepped down as the Saint Louis University men’s basketball coach for at least the 2012-2013 season, the school announced early Friday evening.
“Rick is in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition,” Director of Athletics Chris May said. “His health is the most important issue right now, and our hope is for full and complete recovery.”
Jim Crews has been named interim head coach for the upcoming season.
“I appreciate what Rick has done to return SLU men’s basketball to national prominence,” University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. said. “I know that he would like to be here with his players and coaches this season, and all of us at SLU will keep Rick in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
The school said they have talked with Majerus’ physicians, but would not provide any other information on his condition.
“It is an emotional time, and while our thoughts and prayers are with Rick, our focus is on our student-athletes and continuing to give them the best experience possible,” said May. “Jim Crews is a long-time professional and is all-in with the task of leading the program this year.”
SLU officials said they have not made a decision about a permanent head coach position for the 2013-2014 season.
Last season, Majerus guided the Billikens to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the school’s first NCAA appearance since 2000. They also beat Memphis for their first NCAA tournament victory in 14 years.
He is 95-69 in five years at SLU.
“Coach Majerus is not only a colleague, but a dear friend, so this is a difficult time,” Crews said. “We are fortunate to have a group of outstanding young men. This past year, they have been a delight to work with, and our staff is excited to serve them. Hopefully, our fans will rally behind this team and enjoy a great season.”