St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Rick Majerus is currently in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition and will not coach the Saint Louis men's basketball team next season.
Jim Crews has been named interim head coach as Majerus takes a leave of absence
"Coach Majerus is not only a colleague, but a dear friend, so this is a difficult time," Crews said. "We are fortunate to have a group of outstanding young men. This past year, they have been a delight to work with, and our staff is excited to serve them. Hopefully, our fans will rally behind this team and enjoy a great season."
Crews was an assistant under Majerus last season and helped guide the Billikens to their first NCAA Tournament since 2000. The team lost its second game in the tourney, bringing Majerus' record to 95-69 in his five years at SLU.
"I appreciate what Rick has done to return SLU men's basketball to national prominence," SLU president Lawrence Biondi, S.J. said. "I know that he would like to be here with his players and coaches this season, and all of us at SLU will keep Rick in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."