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Saint Louis Basketball Coach Rick Majerus Takes Leave of Absence

Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:06 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Aug 24, 2012 6:24 PM

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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.

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