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No Left Turn

By Joe Posnanski Well, it was sad to see that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame did not name Lefty Driesell as a finalist this year. It was a little bit more than sad, actually. It baffles the mind. A couple of months ago, I wrote a bit Lefty’s extraordinary basketball life. The most…

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Under Lefty Driesell’s new banner, Maryland men’s basketball snapped its losing streak

Kyle Stackpole DBK News With the Maryland men’s basketball team on its first losing streak in a year, coach Mark Turgeon welcomed someone to Friday’s practice who had won at every stop of his 41-year coaching career. Lefty Driesell the ninth winningest coach in Division I men’s college basketball history, gave advice to the Terps…

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Driesell honored by Maryland with banner from rafters

AP It’s been a long time since Lefty Driesell brought Maryland basketball into prominence, flashing the victory sign before home games and foot-stomping his way to 348 wins over 17 years. In an effort to ensure his legacy won’t soon be forgotten, the school raised a banner with Driesell’s name on it to the rafters…

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Hoops on the horizon: Banner day for Lefty

Dave Preston WTOP WASHINGTON — Charles Grice Driesell changed men’s college basketball in the D.C. metro area when he left Davidson for Maryland in 1969. Since reaching the ACC Semifinals in 1965, the program had gone from seven to five to four to two conference wins. More than just the Atlantic Coast Conference’s “Siberia,” winter…

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Terps Great Len Elmore Shares His Thoughts On Lefty Driesell

Kyle Ottenheimer Pressbox The Maryland men’s basketball program will hang a banner in the Xfinity Center rafters honoring former head coach Lefty Driesell before the team’s 4 p.m. game against Ohio State Feb. 11. Former All-American and three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference forward Len Elmore joined Glenn Clark Radio Feb. 7 and, among other topics, discussed…

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Terrapins raise banner in honor of Lefty Driesell to the rafters

Roman Stubbs Washington Post Shortly after a red banner was raised in his honor at Xfinity Center on Saturday afternoon, former Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell stood at halfcourt with friends, family and former players before basking in an ovation from a sold-out crowd. He eventually raised his right hand and flashed his signature V-for-victory sign,…

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Maryland unveils Lefty Driesell banner in pregame ceremony

Don Markus Baltimore Sun More than three decades after his 17-year coaching tenure ended at Maryland in the university-wide tumult that followed the cocaine-death of star player Len Bias, Lefty Driesell received the “long overdue” honor of having a banner raised in his honor. The ceremony, which took place before Saturday’s men’s basketball game against…

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LOVERRO: Foundation built at Maryland by Lefty Driesell nearly happened elsewhere

By Thom Loverro Washington Times It was a long time coming for Charles “Lefty” Driesell — too long. The 85-year-old, larger-than-life figure who put Maryland basketball on the map when he arrived full of bluster in 1969 was recognized for his ground-breaking tenure as the Terps head coach Saturday afternoon in a home game against…

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Will Lefty Driesell ever get in the Hall of Fame?

By Joe Posnanski This article originally appeared in Sports Illustrated The Oldsmobile Story When Lefty Driesell was a young coach at Granby (Va.) High School in the mid-1950s, he sold World Book Encyclopedias door to door. He says his wife made him do it. Lefty had an office job over at the Ford plant, see,…

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The 100 Greatest Coaches in College Basketball History

By Thad Novak Bleacher Report December 24, 2016 College basketball players come and go, but coaches have a longevity rarely seen in any other sport. Names like Krzyzewski, Knight and Rupp are inextricably linked with the programs they turned into dynasties. UConn’s Jim Calhoun, who in March became the oldest coach to capture an NCAA…

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