Dec. 7, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago head men's basketball coach Porter Moser will honor his late mentor and friend, the legendary coach Rick Majerus, when the Ramblers play at No. 19 Michigan State tomorrow afternoon. The second-year Loyola head coach will pay tribute by wearing all black on the day Majerus is laid to rest.
For four seasons, including three as associate head coach, Moser served on Majerus' staff at Saint Louis University, where he helped lay the foundation for the Billikens' run to the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. At SLU, Majerus customarily wore black pants and a black mock turtleneck and Moser will pay tribute to the late coach by wearing a similar outfit Saturday at Michigan State.
"I am extremely sad that I will not be able to attend the funeral on Saturday but I know Coach Majerus would never want me to miss this game," Moser said.
Ironically, Majerus' final game as a head coach came against Loyola's opponent tomorrow - Michigan State. Saint Louis dropped a 65-61 decision to the Spartans in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
"No one saw the game of basketball like Coach Majerus," Moser said. "He was a basketball guy through and through. His influence on me will be heart-felt not just today but also undoubtedly throughout the rest of my career."
Majerus, who compiled a 517-216 record in 25 seasons as a head coach, passed away December 1 and his funeral will be held tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Eastern in Milwaukee, Wis. Loyola's game at Michigan State tips at 2 p.m. Eastern and will be televised live on Big Ten Network.