Big J,Didn't realize this article was about BYU but since you
brought it up.The difference between the 1984 BYU national
championship and the Ute 1998 final four team is the big championship trophy in
the trophy case. There aint no championship trophy for 2nd place.The Utes should understand this since they will always be 2nd place in this
Though some may disagree... In my lifetime, the three greatest team sporting
accomplishments all involved the University of Utah. One of those was led by
Coach Rick Majerus in the 1997-1998 basketball season. I have the tape of the
final and watch it now and again. Each watching, I wish Doleac had just a little
more energy to make those "bunny's" down the stretch. With Rick,
Utah always had a chance to win.Of course, the other two greatest
accomplishments were the 2004 and 2008 Utah football teams. Sorry BYU fans, the
1984 BYU football team only makes fourth place
maybe fifth place after the
1994 Utah Gymnastic championship. Yea, fifth place seems right
@Tallredrider - Washington, UTPerhaps Rock owes an apology to
players like Tallredrider for disparaging the coach that was tough, but helped
them achieve greatness athletically, personally and academically.Your move Rock...
As a former player, I don't have full confidence that the negative attitude
Rock weaves is fully accurate. Reporters have a way of asking leading questions
to get the story they want, and what Rock wanted here is obvious. As a grown man, I could look past the words spoken and understand the message.
It took some maturity to play for him. I always knew that he was simply
trying to get the most out of his players. It obviously didn't work for
some, but the results speak for themselves. Off the court, his emphasis on
personal and academic development was above and beyond what was expected, and
those results also speak for themselves.
LoveLondon “Rick Majerus was a winner on the court, but a
loser in life. He could not control what went into his mouth or what came out of
his mouth. That's not opinion. That's fact.”Unfortunately, much of his success on the court, was overshadowed by his abuse
of his players.
Rick Majerus was a winner on the court, but a loser in life. He could not
control what went into his mouth or what came out of his mouth. That's not
opinion. That's fact.
In summary: Rick Majerus was a jerk....and genius.Sad that these
guys don't have fonder memories of him. They must have been very mentally
tough to deal with his verbal abuse, which in today's society, would NOT be
@Realism337 - Draper UTThe players interrupted their schedules to
gather from across the country to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their final
four run.Instead of focusing on their celebration, Rock hijacked the event
to advance his personal vendetta against Majerus.Had the players
gathered to disparage the memory of Big Rick, Rock’s coverage might have
been appropriate. But they didn’t. And Rock is out of line to use their
celebration to focus on Majerus’ shortcomings.While certainly not a
perfect man, Rick achieved greatness and he helped many of his players do great
things in their subsequent lives.Give it a rest Rock. Majerus is
dead. He brought a moment of greatness to Utah... yet Rock refuses to move past
his contempt for the man.
The fact that Majerus is dead is completely immaterial to how he is
characterized in a news article. Brad Rock can report on his legacy any way he
sees fit and onlookers can say whatever they want about him. There’s
nothing sacred about Rick. By all indications, there is a sizable amount of
people who think he was a horrible person. With that, who cares how many times
he took the Utes to the NCAA tournament? Good or bad, he owns all of it.
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Basketball coaching is tough, but Majerus made it more difficult. My relative
was his assistant at SLU. He was previously a head coach at another college.
Like all college coaches, he's a workaholic, used to long hours and a lot
of time on the road recruiting. The thing they didn't like about coach
Majerus was that he had nothing else but basketball. The others coaches all had
families. Majerus lived on campus and he'd get a bee in his bonnet about
something at 10 pm on a Sunday night. He'd call his assistants and expect
them to be in the office in 30 minutes and might keep them until 2 am. He had no
respect for their little time with their families. He took SLU to March Madness
for the first time in 15 years. He was a brilliant coach, loved his kids, but
was not a pleasant guy to work for.
As with most people, there is always some good and bad. Rick Majerus had his
faults but there is something unseemly about criticizing a man who isn't
around to defend himself.I for one will never forget coach Rick
I knew Rick Majerus fairly well as I was coaching college basketball in the late
90s locally. Rick was a complex personality for sure. He could be brutal on his
players and assistant coaches. There is no denying that. He also could be
extremely generous. I had a lot of interactions with him, and they were mostly
positive. I want to set the record straight on a couple of things said by a
previous poster. First of all, Rick was not anti-Mormon. He actively recruited
returned missionaries, and anyone who knew him knew that he spoke highly of
them. He loved their toughness, and was especially fond of Alex Jensen, who he
often said was his favorite player ever. Also, when President Howard W. Hunter
passed away in 1994, Rick personally grabbed the microphone at their next home
game and held a moment of silence in honor of President Hunter. As far as
coaching at California, he had already finished his time at Utah. His contract
was not renewed after 2004, and I’m pretty sure that he didn’t try
to go to Cal until well after that.
freemale221g - he did not lie about his health OR anti-mormon. I knew him
personally. you are simply trolling.
“the fact Majerus was very anti-mormon.”feemale:Fail! You are dead wrong. In a Sports Illustrated article
published before that Final Four run, Majerus described, in his typically
profane way, how much he appreciated the Mormons. While he was no believer, he
very much admired those who practiced what they preached, and had no tolerance
for those who were hypocrites.
I’m a Utah fan and I always thought majerus was a joke. Personally I would
have rather had fewer wins with a respectable coach who treated people the right
way. In the world we live in most people will tolerate bad behavior if their
team is winning. You can win and have a positive coach. There are
plenty of examples.
Brad, it is time for you to get over this obsession with Majerus and your
evident hatred of him. The man has been dead for years. Leave it alone; get
on with your life.
After twenty years it seems Johnsen has moved on from the dark times, instead
choosing to focus on the fun going to the final four.But not Rock...
never missing a chance to dredge up in the dark side of Majerus’
genius.Yeah, like most people Mojo had a dark side. He also had a
side that was remarkably good.The man is dead, Rock. While not
pretending that there was no dark side, perhaps the respectful thing would be to
focus on the good.Isn’t that what we would all hope for in our
I don't know what you Ute fans are complaining about as it was a nice
article honoring Majerus. Yes I imagine he was hard to work with most good
coaches are as they won't settle for less than perfection. The thing that
got me was there was no mention how Majerus lied about his health so he could
get out of his contract for at Utah so he could coach in California and the fact
Majerus was very anti-mormon. Otherwise the article was a very nice tribute to
what a crap article!! without majerus there is no way andre or doleac make the
nba! i would rather have read an article about how the refs swallowed their
whistles in the 2nd half of the championship game, how kentucky's 6th man
was formally charged with dui that happened in february, or how rich and george
karl devised the perfect defense against arizona and then north carolina! let the greatest coach utah has ever had rest in peace!!
Sorry Johnsen, I do know people that were close to him..very close, and he was
fiercely loyal to them. Did they experience his wrath, of course, and he
theirs. You had to have a strong personality and constitution to be his
friend.Majerus wasn't for sissies.
I doubt Brad that any and everything that you may have observed as offensive or
a "problem" won't compare to what's been done to the BYU
football program this past few years. I know a couple of Utah players that
played for Rick that love him like a father.
"Move on, isn't there another Utah coach who gets under your
skin?"ETB: The right question is: Is there another
Utah coach that DOESN'T get under your skin?
Come on Rock, give it a rest already. He was four coaches ago and has been dead
five years but 90% of the article is about what an awful person Majerus was. Why
not write about what a great team that was? Why not give us an update on what
those players are doing now?Once a year you've got to write about
what a horrible person Maji was. Move on, isn't there another Utah
coach who gets under your skin?