Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Coaching Decision Looms

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Coaching Decision Looms

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SAN JOSE, CALIF It was the inevitable question for Jim Crews after Saturday's NCAA Tournament loss: What now?

"They're going to give me a plane ride back, so that's good," he said.

Crews has carried the tag of interim coach all season after Rick Majerus took a medical leave, and the understanding between him and athletics director Chris May was that they would talk about the situation once the season ended. That point came on Saturday after SLU lost to Oregon 74-57 at HP Pavilion in the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament.

In the locker room after the game, Crews congratulated the team on its season, which set a SLU record for victories with 28, and said farewell to the team's three seniors, Kwamain Mitchell, Cody Ellis and Cory Remekun. That's where Crews' thoughts were after the game.

"I'm not worried," he said of his future. "These kids are at a tough time right now with their careers ending. The three seniors gave it their all. They're great teammates. Cory, Cody, Kwam, when you take your uniform off for the last time, it's an emotional time. That's where our responsibility is, to help these kids get through that."

May hasn't set a timetable for how quickly things will happen, but it will probably be soon.

Long distance rooting

The game had special significance for former Billiken Brian Conklin, who graduated after last season. Conklin grew up a loyal Duck fan in Eugene, Ore., then went on to play for Rick Majerus at SLU and become one of the linchpins of the rebuilding program that ended a 12-year drought by making the NCAA Tournament last year. Conklin returned to Eugene after graduation where he was helping coach a girls high school team and worked out with the Oregon team as he tried to start his professional career. He finally signed a contract to play with a team in New Zealand, where he arrived a few weeks ago. …

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