Saint Louis Basketball Coach Rick Majerus Takes Leave of Absence
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Saint Louis basketball coach Rick Majerus is taking a leave of absence for at least the upcoming season.
The university said Friday that assistant coach Jim Crews will direct the team as interim coach and that a decision hasn't been made for the 2013-14 season, leaving the door open for Majerus.
The 64-year-old Majerus is hospitalized in California undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition, school spokesman Brian Kunderman said.
Saint Louis was 24-8 last season, Majerus' fifth with the school, and made its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2000. The Billikens advanced to the third round.
Crews joined the coaching staff last fall.