LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rick Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.
Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach's longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.
Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn't return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.
Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August.
Majerus had a history of heart problems dating to 1989. He had a stent inserted in August 2011 in Salt Lake City and missed some games in the 2011-12 season after gashing his leg in a collision with players.
Majerus was 95-69 in five seasons at Saint Louis and had a 25-year record of 517-216. He had his most success at Utah, going 323-95 from 1989-2004. He was at Marquette from 1983-86, and Ball State from 1987-89.
He took 12 teams to the NCAA tournament and four to the NIT, with the 1998 Utah team losing to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.
Sometimes when shopping online you could make a mistake and buy a shirt in the wrong size or wrong color. It happens. These fans happened to buy tickets to the wrong college football championship game.
Mixing up the ACC and AAC Championship games seems like it would be pretty easy, and to be honest, I'm surprised it hasn't happened before.
Although, it'll probably be pretty disappointing to miss out on Temple's first conference championship in football since 1967.
Hopefully they enjoy watching two teams they have (probably) zero connection to in Clemson and Virginia Tech, at least the tickets were cheap.
WASHINGTON -- Collin Smith sank a 3-pointer with three seconds to play and a Jaren Sina steal with a second left sealed a 68-67 win for George Washington over South Florida on Saturday.
The Colonials were trailing 67-63 with 46 seconds left to play when Smith was fouled then hit two from the line to pull George Washington to within two, 67-65. Then he sank the winning 3-pointer after getting the assists from Matt Hart to put the Colonials on top 68-67 with three seconds remaining. On the fast break, Sina stole the ball from South Florida's Jahmal McMurray in the final second to preserve the win.
Smith, a freshman, finished with a career-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Tyler Cavanaugh added 16 points and five rebounds.
South Florida led 35-32 at the break and was up 61-55 with 6:28 left in the second period.
McMurray led the Bulls (4-3) with 16 points.