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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Coaching in his first FInal Four Utah head coach Rick Majerus watches his team play the championship game agianst Kentucky. Griffin/photo
Remembering Coach Majerus

Coach Majerus: An appetite for basketball — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Calling Rick Majerus larger than life would be no less apt a description of the former University of Utah basketball coach if he had weighed 125 pounds and craved celery and seaweed instead of pizza and pasta. ...

Coach Majerus and me — Liddy Huntsman | For The Salt Lake Tribune In life, I believe the moments that change your life are when you meet that one special person. For me, I was lucky and came across this person at a young age. His name was Rick Majerus, whom I call Coach. ...

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There was nobody like Rick Majerus — Gordon Monson | Salt Lake Tribune Kind, generous, boorish and profane, he was all those things and more

Legendary Utah coach ‘just loved basketball’ — Kurt Kragthorpe | The Salt Lake Tribune Rick Majerus, the basketball coach who took the University of Utah to the 1998 national championship game, died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 64 while awaiting a heart transplant, according to his longtime friend, philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman Sr. ...

Remembering Rick Majerus, college basketball’s clown prince — John Feinstein | The Washington Post Beneath the clown’s mask that Rick Majerus wore so willingly beat the damaged heart of a man who made others laugh often but rarely found real happiness himself.

Majerus ‘a coach’s coach, friend’s friend’ — Joe Strauss | St. Louis Post-Dispatch| Majerus typically referred to the game as "ball." A game he orchestrated brilliantly came to be known by the simplest reference. His players recalled that "ball" became the hub for numerous life lessons, teaching moments. ...

Daugherty liked Majerus because Dean Smith did — Bob Berghaus | Ashville Citizen-Times

A tribute to my friend and former boss — Paul Biancardi | ESPN.com No matter what the subject of the conversation was, he ended every phone call with "Whatever I can ever do to help, you just tell me." ...



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