Saint Louis University head basketball coach Rick Majerus has never been afraid to speak his mind. Once when he was broadcasting a game for ESPN and Ashley Judd happened to be in the crowd he jokingly said that tonight he wouldn’t have to stop at an adult video store after seeing her as reported by activejoints.com Majerus has been critical of the NCAA and what he views as arcane rules. This goes back to the well documented story of Majerus getting in some hot water for buying Rick Van Horn, a former player of his some White Castle hamburgers the night Van Horn’s mother died as reported by ESPN. This happened while Majerus was the head coach at the University of Utah. Majerus also hinted at an interest in politics in the past expressing support for Utah Senator Orrin Hatch. Somehow or another during the 2004 election politics came up during another basketball broadcast for ESPN and Majerus said people have to make choices in life whether it be in basketball or good people on both sides choosing whether to support Bush or Kerry.
Majerus, who himself has had health problems along with his mother has made it no secret that his faith is important to him. Previously when he was the head coach for the Utes he had to resign due to heart trouble brought on presumably by his overweight frame. A couple of years ago these same health problems prevented Majerus from being able to coach for the USC Trojans. Majerus had accepted the job, but backed out shortly there after realizing that he couldn’t go full tilt physically as far as coaching during the games and recruiting trips. Now Majerus is back in the game with the Billikens having coach Saint Louis to a 11-8 record according to the University website in the first season of a six year contract.
Majerus was asked by a local reporter who works for the Channel 4 News in St. Louis on the upcoming election. Majerus said he hadn’t made up his mind yet. Then the reporter asked him about what some of his personal views were. The reporter pried by asking the coach on whether he supported embryonic stem cell research. The coach said that all such avenues that could make people lives better should be explored. The reporter then asked Majerus the customary follow up on abortion rights. Majerus said he was personally pro-choice, but these were his own personal views. Majerus made it clear that he was not speaking for the university and certainly not his church. SLU is a catholic school and Majerus is a catholic. Archbishop Raymond Burke has now asked the university to punish Majerus for his remarks. The telling tale is that this interview with the news people took place at a Hillary Clinton for President rally and was not on school grounds.
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Saint Louis Billikens 2007-2008 Schedule. Saint Louis University.