Majerus Set to be Inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday

first_img Tags: National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame/Rick Majerus/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKANSAS CITY – On Sunday, Nov. 24, former University of Utah head men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus joins elite company when he gets inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class alongside two other coaches and six players.The enshrinement can be seen through a live-stream on both Twitter and Facebook thanks to the CBHOF and NABC. The induction ceremony for the 2019 class is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. (MT).Majerus, who also coached at Marquette, Ball State and Saint Louis, is joined by a pair of former coaches in Homer Drew (Bethel, Indiana-South Bend, Valparaiso) and Lute Olsen (Long Beach State, Iowa, Arizona). Meanwhile, the players being inducted include Indiana’s Calbert Chaney, Duke’s Shane Battier, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Providence’s Ernie DiGregorio, UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stanford’s Todd Lichti.“This is a very well-deserved honor for Rick Majerus and a great source of pride for Utah Athletics,” said Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. “His legacy of success as head coach of some of the most successful teams in the history of Utah Basketball will now be recognized in the National College Basketball Hall of Fame, and we salute Coach Majerus on his induction.”The late Majerus won a total of 517 games and remarkably, had just one losing season in 25 years as a head coach. He reached the postseason 17 times (13 at Utah), including 12 NCAA Tournament appearances (11 at Utah). He won 10 conference titles in 13 years at Utah, and took the Runnin’ Utes to the Sweet 16 in 1991 and 1996, and the Elite Eight in 1997.“During his time here at Utah Coach Majerus was simply one of the best coaches if not the best coach in the country,” said Athletics Director Emeritus Dr. Chris Hill, who hired Majerus in 1989. “We are thrilled that he is receiving this tremendous honor. When you look back at the ‘Majerus Era’ it is so amazing what he and his teams accomplished.”Majerus’ most memorable season came in 1998, when he led Utah to 30 wins and an appearance in the national championship game. He earned five WAC Coach of the Year awards and was named the National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times in 1991.Majerus, who coached the Utes from 1989-2004, ranks third all-time in school history with 323 wins while roaming the sidelines at Utah. His .773 (323-95) overall winning percentage ranks first among coaches at Utah with at least 100 wins, and his .779 (152-43) conference winning percentage ranks first overall as well. He also tallied a school-leading 17 NCAA Tournament victories at the U. November 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Majerus Set to be Inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday Written bylast_img read more

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