Funeral services set for Rick Majerus
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MILWAUKEE - Fans and friends will remember former Marquette basketball coach Rick Majerus at a funeral on the Marquette University campus.
The funeral home in charge of arrangements says a funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Gesu Catholic Church.
The Wisconsin native first rose to fame as a long-time assistant coach under Al McGuire on Marquette's title-winning coaching staff in 1977.
Majerus became even more engrained as Marquette's head coach and later as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks.
His star began to rise at Ball State. Yet, his profile was never higher as Utah's head coach when he led the Utes to the 1998 NCAA National Championship, which ended in a loss to Kentucky that haunted Majerus.
His size and Wisconsin-isms sprinkled throughout his language made him a cult figure, a fan favorite and a Midwest guy through and through.
It was also what got him in trouble, with heart and other health-related issues that plagued him.
Majerus never forgot his Milwaukee roots, frequently returning to Milwaukee every summer to run a basketball camp alongside good friend Rich Panella at Cardinal Stritch University.
Meanwhile, Majerus waged a fight with his own health, taking a leave of absence from his last coaching stop at Saint Louis.
He won more than 70% of his games as a head coach.
Funeral arrangements are pending.