I had the good fortune of spending some time with Rick back when I was a "Younger" Warrior. Or "Rick the Pick" as Al McGuire (whom Majerus was an assistant coach for in the 70's) called him. His biography titled "My Life on a Napkin", written when he was in Utah, is a good read.
He never married or had children, but many of his players thought of him as their father.
When with Majerus, you ate alot, laughed alot, and if you paid attention, learned alot. Amazing knowledge of hoops. When he worked for ESPN after he left Utah, I felt he was able to break games down better than anyone they've ever had. But then again I remember him trying to figure out where to put anti-freeze in his 70's Volkswagon.
But he had an amazing appetite to match. He used to have campers introduce themselves by stating their name and their hometown. He then almost without exception, was able to name a restaurant in their hometown.
At one point he probably was over 350 pounds but he reportedly lost 120 pounds while in California awaiting a heart transplant.
12/2/2012 4:51 PM (edited)