Majerus a no go

Per multiple sources, Rick Majerus turned down SMU despite $2 million per year offer and the Big East to stay at St. Louis.

Several sources confirmed that Rick Majerus turned down the SMU head coaching job a couple of days ago before all of the reports came out on Tuesday linking him to the Mustangs.

Thursday, other reports, like from CBSSports.com, came out saying that Majerus will stay at SLU.

When Majerus' name first popped up, sources close to the situation were confident that a deal would be struck in a matter of days. Then Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a story saying that SLU athletic director Chris May had granted Majerus permission to talk to SMU.

But close to the end of the article, it said May had granted the coach permission "recently" so that could have been last week, not Tuesday when the news first broke.

Majerus has a 95-69 record at SLU, which is coming of a 26-8 season (12-4 Atlantic 10), a NCAA Tournament appearance and returns all but big man Brian Conklin next year.

In the end, despite SMU's efforts to double Majerus' salary to $2 million per year, this was another swing and another miss for Steve Orsini and Co., who missed out on Marquette's Buzz Williams, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Long Beach State's Dan Monson, too.

So who is next? Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton is waiting in the wings...

Stay tuned.


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