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It wasn't as uncomfortable as my awkward men's room interaction with Rick Majerus in 2005, but the Saint Louis head coach did have some strange comments during his postgame press conference on Wednesday night.

My favorite moment was when Majerus went on (and on and on) about how good Princeton's "number 23" was and how he could not believe he didn't recruit him.

He proceeded to state several times in a row that he was an extremely talented freshman who would most certainly be Ivy League Player of the Year by the time he was a junior and/or senior in his opinion.

I didn't have the heart to break it to him that Kareem Maddox's junior season had just ended.

Majerus then began to circuitously compare "number 23" to Scottie Pippen, changed his mind, reversed his field and returned to his original postulation in the same run on sentence.

He came back to his Ivy Player of the Year postulation at least one more time, but by this point I was called out of the room as the length of Majerus' comments had moved Princeton's interviews from the Chaifetz Arena's media room to outside the Tigers' locker room.

John Poole said,

March 27, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

Funny story.

When I heard that Rick Majerus was the SL coach I was surprised. It didn't seem long ago that he was in the final four with Utah State. What happened to take him to St Louis, which seems like kind of a demotion?

Thanks for a great season of coverage, Jon. You bring us right into the locker room with this team. I feel like we shared all the highs and lows of the season as a result of your reporting. This team seemed like a really fine group of individuals who matured and became cohesive as the season progressed. I'm already looking forward to next year. But, I will miss all the seniors who went through such a remarkable transition over the past four years.

I feel a special respect for Sydney Johnson. I hope that we shall have him as coach for a few more years although I am sure that, given his success, he will have a lot of alternatives offered to him.

Jon Solomon said,

March 27, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

Majerus left Utah because of health issues. Living out of a hotel room and not taking good care of yourself is only sustainable for so long.

He was head coach of USC for five days, before returning to ESPN as an analyst. Took the SLU job in 2007.

Thanks for the kind words, John.

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