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Memorial at SLU Honors Late Basketball Coach Rick Majerus

Posted: Dec 7, 2012 4:54 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Dec 7, 2012 5:00 PM

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Hundreds of well-wishers turned out in St. Louis to honor the late Saint Louis University men's basketball coach Rick Majerus.

The university hosted a memorial service Friday for Majerus, who died Dec. 1 of heart failure. He was 64.

Majerus coached for 25 years. He was 517-216 at Marquette, Ball State, Utah and SLU, where he spent the last five seasons.

Players sat at the front of the service. Those who spoke recalled a coach who was passionate and exacting, sometimes funny, always caring.

A mixture of students, faculty and well-wishers from the St. Louis community mixed in the crowd inside a practice gym. Dozens of plays drawn up by Majerus, scribbled in marker on white paper, encircled the small arena.

A funeral Mass will take place Saturday in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisc.

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