Originally created 05/05/04

Majerus joins ESPN as college hoops analyst



BRISTOL, Conn. -- Former Utah coach Rick Majerus is joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

Majerus led the Utes for 15 seasons before leaving them in January because of heart problems.

His Utah teams made 10 trips to the NCAA tournament, including an appearance in the 1998 national championship game.

Majerus, vacationing in Hawaii, said in a conference call Tuesday that he feels good and wanted to take the network job to stay close to the sport.

"I really am very lucky, because if they put this job out on one of those reality shows there'd be a line from Los Angeles to New York to sign up for the position I have," he said.

Majerus is not interested in getting back into coaching any time soon. Instead, he wants to give his new profession a shot.

"I'm not going to entertain any prospect of going back to coaching now," he said. "I always wanted to go into broadcasting. I'm going to see if I like it."