SLU grants Majerus permission to talk to SMU

2012-04-11T10:25:00Z 2012-04-12T15:39:56Z SLU grants Majerus permission to talk to SMUBY TOM TIMMERMANN
April 11, 2012 10:25 am  • 

St. Louis University athletics director Chris May said Wednesday that the school has given basketball coach Rick Majerus permission to talk to Southern Methodist University in Dallas about the vacant position there.

"He asked for and was granted permission to speak (to them)," May said.

The Dallas Morning News reported that, according to a source, SMU is willing to pay $2 million a year to Majerus as the school looks to rebuild its basketball program after firing Matt Doherty on March 13. The school has looked at some big names, including Buzz Williams of Marquette and Dan Monson of Long Beach State.

A $2 million salary would more than double Majerus' pay at SLU.

Majerus, 64, just completed his fifth season at SLU, taking them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000 and reaching the round of 32, beating Memphis before losing to Michigan State. May said the permission to talk with SMU was given "recently."

"The big picture," May said, "is we're coming off a big year, he's under contract and we're looking forward to next season."

SMU is looking to make a splash in its basketball program as it moves into the Big East in 2013. The Mustangs were 13-19 last season and 4-12 in Conference USA play.

Majerus has a 95-69 record at SLU, which is coming off a 26-8 season and has most of the team returning for next season.


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