St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Saint Louis University has reportedly removed
the interim tag from men's basketball coach Jim Crews and will name him the
head coach on a full-time basis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the official announcement will come
Crews was named the interim coach last August when Rick Majerus took a leave
of absence because of a serious heart ailment. Majerus died in December at the
age of 64.
The Billikens honored Majerus with a stellar campaign that included a regular
season Atlantic 10 championship and an A-10 tourney title. Saint Louis earned
a fourth seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament and bowed out with
a loss to Oregon in the round of the 32 to finish 28-7.
Crews had been a head coach at Evansville and Army for 24 seasons, posting a
record of 354-348, before joining Majerus' staff as an assistant for the
2011-12 season. He was 294-209 from 1985-2002 at Evansville, guiding the
Purple Aces to four NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 seasons.
In seven seasons at Army, from 2002-09, Crews led the Black Knights to a mark
Crews played for former Army coach Bob Knight at Indiana from 1972-76 and was
a member of the Hoosiers' undefeated national championship team as a senior.
He was also part of Knight's coaching staff with the Hoosiers for eight years
before moving on to Evansville.
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