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Majerus tributes pour out on Twitter

NCAA Basketball Tournament - St Louis v Michigan State

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Head coach Rick Majerus of the St. Louis Billikens reacts after a foul was not called against the Michigan State Spartans in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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As soon as the news of Rick Majerus’ death at age 64 hit Twitter, personal stories of the man’s kindness, humor and foibles began to pour out into the community at large. In honor of one of our all-time favorite college basketball coaches, we’ll share some of the best.

RIP to Coach Majerus. You were an unbelievable coach and teacher. Thoughts n prayers to your family. #ForeverInOurHearts#YouWillBeMissed

— Cody Ellis (@codyellis24) December 2, 2012

I don’t have many true friends--guys who would do anything for you--but Rick Majerus was one of them. I can’t believe he’s gone.

— Gene Wojciechowski (@GenoEspn) December 2, 2012

Rick Majerus: Midnight coaching bull session at diner with salt & pepper shakers as the X’s & O’s--& double-order of onion rings, of course.

— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) December 2, 2012

I’ll never forget that Rick Majerus gave me a biography of Roberto Clemente for my 18th birthday. Such a caring person.

— Ben Weixlmann (@BWeixScout) December 2, 2012

so many memories in 25 years of friendship with #rickmajerus. only coach to buy me ribs and send me flowers.

— Beth Harris (@bethharrisap) December 2, 2012

Rick Majerus told me he found several blacks in Utah to convince Andre Miller’s mom it wasn’t all white. RIP.

— Shaun Powell (@Powell2daPeople) December 2, 2012

For man obsessed with basketball, Rick Majerus had a vast intellectual curiousity. Interviews often strayed far afield. Fascinating man. RIP

— Jeff Gordon (@gordoszone) December 2, 2012

“When you’re like me, you understand one thing: close only counts at the drive-in.” - Rick Majerus

— The Mid-Majority (@midmajority) December 2, 2012

Quoting Rick Majerus: “Never marry a beautiful woman. A beautiful woman will leave you. An ugly woman will leave you, too, but so what?”

— Marlen Garcia (@MarlenGarcia777) December 2, 2012

Thoughts & prayers to Rick Majerus & his family. Sad to hear of his passing today.

— Steve Prohm (@CoachProhm) December 2, 2012

#Majerus said about me at bball camp: “You guys need to work hard, like this guy. He’s horrible at basketball but he works REALLY hard!”

— Kristian Odland (@kreshjun) December 2, 2012

Awful news about Rick Majerus. They don’t make ‘em like that these days. But they didn’t make ‘em like that before, either. One of a kind.

— Michael Rosenberg (@Rosenberg_Mike) December 2, 2012

Once heard Rick Majerus speak for an hour on ball screens. Best clinic speech I ever heard. Basketball genius. He will be truly missed. RIP

— Ben Wilkins (@CoachWilkinsMSM) December 2, 2012

Very sorry to hear about Coach Majerus. I was one of the lucky ones that learned from his basketball genius. #Majerus

— Tommy Connor (@coachtconnor) December 2, 2012

RIP Rick Majerus. Too soon. Rick loved the game. Not just what he got from the game, or who he was in the game. He just loved the game.

— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 2, 2012

Really tough to see Doc Rivers’ emotions while speaking abt Rick Majerus’ death. He’s visibly shaken by loss of the man who named him “Doc.”

— Marc D’Amico (@Marc_DAmico) December 2, 2012