Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Majerus turned down job as Nuggets assistant
DENVER -- Former Utah coach Rick Majerus has turned down an offer to become an assistant to Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, the team said Tuesday.
"[Karl] offered me the job a month ago," Majerus told the Rocky Mountain News in Tuesday's editions. "But I can't move [to Denver] right now."
Majerus, 58, coached the Utes from 1989 until January 2004, when he stepped down for health reasons. He was 323-95 at Utah and led the team to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances.
He now lives in Milwaukee, works as an ESPN college analyst and cares for his mother, Alyce.
The Nuggets are seeking a replacement for assistant coach Scott Brooks, who left last month for Sacramento. Nuggets spokesman Tim Gelt said the team has no timetable to fill the position.
Majerus is a longtime friend of Karl's and plans to be in Denver from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to help him with training camp, which begins Oct.