Majerus leading candidate for SMU hoops?

As we hit the four-week mark of the SMU basketball head coaching search, a new name has appeared in St. Louis' Rick Majerus. Though he's 64 and has a history of health problems, he fits the mold the Mustangs are looking for in an experienced, proven coach.

A new name has appeared in the SMU basketball coaching search in St. Louis head coach, Rick Majerus.

According to sources close to the program, Majerus, 64, is at the top of SMU athletic director Steve Orsini's list. Previous candidates to hold that No. 1 spot were Marquette head coach Buzz Williams, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Long Beach State's Dan Monson, all three of whom turned down generous offers.

Majerus, who has been with St. Louis since 2007, took the Billikens to the third round of the NCAA Tournament last month, finishing 26-8, 12-4 in the Atlantic 10. He's 95-69 all-time at SLU.

In years prior, Majerus had a 15-year stint at Utah, where he led the Utes to a national title game and was named WAC Coach of the Year five times. He also spent time at Ball State, Marquette and in the NBA with Milwaukee.

Though he is an intriguing name to come up at what appears to be the tail end of this search, Majerus has been known to have health problems. But Orsini and David Braine (consultant from Academic Search, the firm SMU has hired to conduct the coaching hunt) are looking for a proven head coach and Majerus fits that mold.

Additionally, The Dallas Morning News is reporting that SMU is willing to pay Majerus $2 million per year.

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