Majerus keeping Billikens waiting about possible return
Former Utah coach and current ESPN analyst Rick Majerus has entered into negotiations of a possible deal to be the head coach at Saint Louis, but Majerus still must decide if he wants to return to coaching after a three-year hiatus, multiple sources close to the situation told ESPN.com Wednesday.
Majerus met with Saint Louis officials Saturday. According to the sources, Majerus and the school discussed a contract as well as a number of other issues that would be amenable to Majerus. But at least one source told ESPN.com that Majerus is still deciding if he wants to leave television. Sources said Majerus is the only coach the school is negotiating with at this juncture and that they're waiting to hear his answer before going forward with a plan B.
Saint Louis abruptly fired Brad Soderberg last week after five seasons. The Billikens are building a new $80.5 million on-campus arena, which would make the Atlantic 10 job much more attractive to a candidate like Majerus, who coached the Utes to the 1998 national title game.
There is no set timetable for Majerus to decide but a decision is expected soon.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.