Everything starts at the top, and that means Utah's basketball program is still in good shape.

If you like an out going personality, you are sure to like Rick Majerus. A 1970 graduate from Marquette, Majerus has escalated up the coaching ladder to become one of the sports icons that started as an assistant coach at his alma mater under legendary coach Al McGuire. Majerus was part of the 1974 and 1977 Marquette Final Four teams, with the 1977 squad cutting down the nets.

Since then he has been an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks one season in 1986-87 under now Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson. Then Majerus got his first head coaching job at Ball State the following year and coached there for two seasons before moving on to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah job.

Majerus was also an assistant coach on Dream Team II in 1994 under Nelson among other special coaching duties.

Charismatic, personable, charming, funny, and just a good guy, Majerus is not only one of college basketball's best head coaches with a career winning percentage of .741, he does it the right way with defense and sound fundamentals. Call him a traditional coach; call him whatever you will, but he gets the job done. And let's be honest, he does not have any place near the talent that a Kentucky or Duke has on their respective rosters. Still, the Utes are a team to be reckoned with every year come late February and early March. Keith Van Horn and Andre Miller are a couple of the notable stars to play for Majerus, and it's amazing how much he gets out of all his players every year.

While it is still football season, and God bless head coach Urban Meyer and his "Fast break on Turf", basketball season will once again be here sooner than you know it under coach Majerus.

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