"If I were to use one word, it would be savant," Hill said. "Rick was a coaching savant. He gave everything he had to the game, and he was one of the best coaches that I've ever been around."
Majerus coached his last game in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, taking Saint Louis to the second round and pushing top-seeded Michigan State to the brink before falling to the Spartans. Current Utah assistant Phil Cullen played for Majerus and still recalls his preparation on both ends of the floor.
Cullen later saw Majerus on the recruiting trail. Whenever the two would see each other, Majerus would tell his former player how proud he was of the coach and the person he's turned out to be.
"He was just a master at taking stuff away from the other team," Cullen said. "I remember we would play teams and we would be doing stuff they had no idea we were capable of. Most coaches tell their former players not to get into coaching, but Rick would always encourage it. Outside of my father and a few other people, he's had the most influence on me out of anyone in my life."
The Associated Press reported that a funeral for Majerus will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST on Saturday in Milwaukee, which is where the coach was born.
A big week
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said facing Boise State and BYU on Wednesday and Saturday will be similar to what his team will see in a month, when the Pac-12 Conference season kicks off in earnest.
The Utes will be at home against the Broncos then travel to Provo to face the Cougars.
"It's going to be a huge challenge," Krystkowiak said. "Those are two of the best offensive teams around. We're going to have to play very well in order to have a chance."
Boise State at Utah
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