Majerus won't return as St. Louis coach

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Rick Majerus, currently on a leave of absence, will not return as St. Louis' head basketball coach, the school announced on Friday.

Majerus, 64, took a leave of absence from the Billikens in late August because of health concerns, and he is still undergoing treatment for a heart condition. The school now says Majerus' time as St. Louis head coach is over.

The team finished 28-6 last season, and Jim Crews is acting as the team's interim head coach this season.

CollegeBasketballTalk.com reported that the school issued a press release, in which athletic director Chris May stated, "Coach Majerus' health is of the utmost importance, and our thoughts and prayers are with him as he faces his challenges. We are thankful for Rick's efforts as he succeeded by all accounts as our head men's basketball coach. This is an exciting season for the program, and we think it is important to communicate, with transparency, to the student-athletes, staff and our loyal fans that Rick will not be returning.

"The focus for this season does not change. Rick built this team to be in a position to compete for championships, and we will move forward with that same goal. We will continue to invest all of our resources to ensure that this team, under the leadership of interim head coach Jim Crews, is put in the best position possible to succeed."

St. Louis went 93-67 in five seasons under Majerus.

The Billikens were picked to finish second in the Atlantic-10 this season.
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