O'Neil: Rick Majerus did it his way, always

December, 1, 2012
12/01/12
10:41
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Sports are filled with those upon whom fate smiles. Good genetics, good fortune or even just good karma follows them along if not a gilded path, than at least one where things came easy.

That wasn't Rick Majerus' road. Life didn't offer him handouts or fast tracks. Instead, it offered him opportunities -- and he gobbled up every one, partnering curiosity with intellect to form a successful career despite a litany of hurdles.

Majerus died on Saturday, his heart finally giving out. The same heart that pumped the blood to fuel the drive that made the man. His legacy in these days will be about wins -- he accumulated 517 of them -- and players and basketball. But his life was about so much more.

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