Category: In The News

John Thompson Jr., Jay Bilas Think Basketball HoF Overlooked Lefty Driesell

Hannah Yasharoff   The Left Bench   HOUSTON — Charles “Lefty” Driesell, known to University of Maryland fans as the man who vowed to make Maryland the “UCLA of the East” and the coach who first created Midnight Madness, was snubbed from joining the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after his third time being…

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The legacy of coach Driesell

Tom McMillen and Len Elmore DBK News September 11, 2016 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed its latest group of inductees this past week in Springfield, Massachusetts, and once again a coach who eminently deserves to be there, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, was conspicuously absent from the lineup. This omission is especially startling because…

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LOVERRO: Nobody should enter Basketball Hall of Fame before Lefty Driesell

  Thom Loverro The Washington Times April 5th, 2016 When former NFL tight end Mike Ditka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he stood on the stage at Canton and said, “I don’t know how I got in here before John Mackey,” recognizing the travesty of a worthy candidate being passed over….

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Why former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell belongs in the Naismith Hall of Fame

    Don Markus – The Baltimore Sun – February 12, 2016   The criteria from which the selection committee for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame chooses its candidates for induction is much like the identities of the committee members themselves: it is a secret.   Lefty Driesell will find out Friday if he will become…

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Peter Schmuck: Terps legend Lefty Driesell richly deserves Naismith honor

    Peter Schmuck — The Baltimore Sun – February 6th, 2016     We’ll find out Friday whether former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell will be a finalist for induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year, but former Terps star Len Elmore doesn’t want to leave anything to chance.  …

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Lefty leaves the game

    Dick Vitale – ESPN – January 3rd, 2016   When you talk about legends and icons in the game of college basketball, you’d better include one Charles “Lefty” Driesell.   I was saddened by the news that Lefty decided to step down after winning 785 games during his illustrious collegiate career. Georgia State…

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Lefty Driesell belongs in Hall of Fame, a case made clear by current scandals

      John Feinstein – The Washington Post – November 12, 2015   There wasn’t a lot of good news in college basketball during this offseason.   Here is a list of coaches who begin the season dealing with off-court issues that have tainted them, their basketball programs and their schools:   Syracuse’s Jim…

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It’s Time to Give Lefty His Due

      Andy Pollin – ESPN 980 – October 9, 2015   Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell turns 84 on, appropriately, Christmas Day – the most joyful day of the year. Nearly half a century ago, Lefty brought college basketball joy to the D.C. area and changed the game itself. Coaches who followed in his…

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Lefty Driesell never got to coach Moses Malone, but they were friends until Malone’s death

Jeff Barker – The Baltimore Sun – September 16, 2015   It may have seemed like an unlikely friendship – Moses Malone, the first high-school basketball player to skip college and go pro; and Lefty Driesell, the University of Maryland coach left jilted in 1974 by Malone, the country’s top-rated recruit. But Driesell says – and…

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How Lefty Driesell started Midnight Madness with a midnight run in 1971

    Seth Davis — Sports Illustrated — October 16, 2014   Did you know Midnight Madness started with a midnight run?   It’s true. Happened on Oct. 15, 1971. Byrd Stadium, University of Maryland, College Park. At three minutes after midnight (to make sure they were not starting too early in violation of NCAA…

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