Based on his bizarrely childish behavior the past few weeks over his St. Louis Billikens being taken off charter travel, coach Rick Majerus apparently is hoping to be fired.
(Majerus admiring Keith’s Van Horn)
After the decision to fly the team commercial came down last month thanks to budget cuts, Majerus subsequently begged off his weekly local radio show, claiming game preparation and attention to charity work precipitated him dropping his responsibility. He also played the “academics” card to full effect.
But the week after he quit the show under those circumstances, Majerus guested on a Chicago station for 45 minutes at exactly same time his own show in St. Louis would’ve been aired. The feed of the show was then picked up by a local St. Louis station which is a competitor with the outlet where Majerus had planned to previously appear.
While on the show in Chicago, Majerus reiterated his pro-choice stance on abortion, which is in direct conflict with his superiors at catholic SLU and caused controversy in the past. Read more…
Rick Majerus: good-natured goofball or basketball tyrant? Despite the image he tries to project (and his resemblance to the Dad from “Just the Ten of Us,” it’s becoming abundantly clear that the only thing the former Utah and current St. Louis coach loves more than a free buffet is making his players’ lives miserable. At St. Louis, he’s managed to set the bar so low for his team before the season that they’ve tripped over it and later said his team had no chance to win the conference tournament.
But that’s nothing compared to his exploits at Utah, where according to an earlier SPORTS ILLUSTRATED piece he had a thing about being naked and showing off his … ahem … Running Ute. Somewhat lost in the hubbub and mass vomit that took place thanks to the mental images created of a sweaty, naked Rick Majerus naked in a steamroom was his treatment of certain players, including center Lance Allred, who has 80 percent hearing loss. Majerus might have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a school investigation, but a new book by Allred reviewed by CLEVELAND SCENE sheds more light onto his claims.
First off, I stole the headline from Rick Chandler at DEADSPIN. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’m happy to report that college basketball season is upon on us. And you know what that means: Lots and lots and LOTS of Rick Majerus posts!
The BELLEVILE (IL) NEWS-DEMOCRAT headlines a story today about Majerus’ latest SLU squad with: “Majerus is comfortable with young roster.”
But after reading the piece, I’d say the hed was about as accurate as Majerus’ team was last Jan.10. So I compiled a list of Majerus’ unintentionally hilarious quotes about his team from the story.
Rick Majerus is in hot holy water for his pro-choice stance on abortion, but the St. Louis U. coach is not backing down from his beliefs.
Bernie Miklasz of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports that Majerus’ biggest concern wasn’t criticism from church or school officials, but the worries of his own mother:
“She was upset, thinking I was going to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, and that I would be denied Communion during Mass.”
Which is just what St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke is threatening to do, unless the coach apologizes for his comments and puts his beliefs back in line with the church’s.
But Majerus’ mama also told her son to do what he thinks is right.
The ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports today that St. Louis University Coach Rick Majerus recently bared his soul to local TV station KMOV-TV about being pro-choice on abortion. Case you don’t know, SLU is a catholic school and Majerus’ view, predictably, was not received well by St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke.
Burke to the same KMOV: “I would simply have to insist that it is not possible for a representative of the university to espouse these views which are in open violation of moral law, let alone Catholic teaching.”
Burke said he expects to talk with SLU President Rev. Lawrence Biondi about the matter, and that Majerus’ positions “had to be clarified“.
The spirits of St. Louis University basketball have sunk to a new low, thanks to a record-breaking performance Thursday night.
(The St. Louis Billiken points to how low his team scored Thursday night, and the nearest rafter he’s going to hang himself from.)
The ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH passes the news that the Billikens lost to George Washington 49-20. The sour score set a new record for the fewest points in a game since the introduction of the shot chock.
And that’s just the beginning of a dreadful, demoralizing night in D.C.