Report: SMU targeting St. Louis’ Rick Majerus to fill vacant head coaching spot

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Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Southern Methodist has its sights set on a replacement for their vacant head coaching position: Rick Majerus.

Majerus, currently at St. Louis, has a career record of 517-215, spanning stints at Marquette, Ball State, Utah, and now with the Billikens. St. Louis finished 26-8 in 2011-12 and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.

Tom Timmerman of STLToday.com is reporting that St. Louis has granted Majerus permission to talk with SMU.

The 64-year-old Majerus has had health issues, including a recent stint in the hospital in early March that he blames on carelessness in not taking his blood pressure medication.

He had a stent inserted into his heart in the summer of 2011 and has issues dating back to the late 1980s.

SMU will be joining the Big East Conference, which would give Majerus an opportunity to coach in a BCS conference for the first time in his long career.

The Mustangs finished 13-19 overall last season, including 4-12 in the C-USA and fired head coach Matt Doherty after six seasons.

Doherty had three players signed to play for the Mustangs next season, including seven-foot big man Blaise Mbargorba from New Jersey. The class also includes sharpshooter Brian Bernardi from Xaverian (N.Y.), the same school that produced NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_