“Lefty has never been given the credit he deserves. The man was one of the best that ever did it and needs to be in the Naismith Hall of Fame.”

— Coach John Thompson, Georgetown University

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“Lefty was innovative, a promoter of the sport, and helped bridge the game to the modern day. His legacy here is not only in wins and championships, but also in the lasting relationships with his former players and coaches. Lefty has left an indelible mark on our men’s basketball program in College Park that can still be felt today. His profound impact on the game of college basketball is why he should be a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame.” — Coach Mark Turgeon, University of Maryland
“In my book, he’s a Hall of Famer. The extraordinary things he’s done in the game and the longevity. He’s not only a great character, a man of character… I love Lefty. For me, any time that a guy like Lefty doesn’t make it, it always kind of makes you sad.” — Jay Bilas, ESPN Commentator
“The story of the greatest conference in college basketball cannot be told without Lefty Driesell” — Michael Wilbon, ESPN Commentator and Host of Pardon the Interruption
“Coach had a distinguished and exceptional career. It is time for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s nominating committees to recognize what he achieved and put him among the other greats of basketball, with whom he has proven that he belongs.” — Tom McMillen and Len Elmore
“The greatest program builder in the history of basketball.” — Billy Packer, TV analyst
“When you talk about legend and icons in the game of college basketball, you’d better include one Charles “Lefty” Driesell.” — Dick Vitale, Legendary ESPN analyst
“I find it impossible to believe that Lefty Driesell isn’t in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Look at the games he won at four different places. He should be in there.” — Dean Smith, 2004
“Lefty has never been given the credit he deserves. The man was one of the best that ever did it and needs to be in the Naismith Hall of Fame.” — John Thompson, 2012
“Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, I believe people lost sight of just how good a coach he was. I have always thought he never got the credit he deserved. Coach Driesell was an excellent recruiter, but he was also an excellent coach. He won over 100 games at four different schools. No one else had every produced such a feat.” — Lute Olsen, 2003
“The best coach to never make a Final Four.” — Ron Green Sr. of the Charlotte Observer
“Lefty is one of the top coaches ever in the college game. I think sometimes because a coach hasn’t gone to the Final Four or won a national championship, people tend to diminish what they’ve accomplished. He put every ounce of effort into building programs that weren’t successful before he got there. Not once did he take a program that was already thriving. From Davidson to Maryland to James Madison to Georgia State, he built everyone.” — Coach K, 2003
“Genuine to a fault and always a competitor, Lefty Driesell remains a living legend of college basketball’s growth and development into a national sport and focus. He’s a national relic whose 41 division 1 head coaching season bridged from formative years to the modern day – from the earliest stages of the jump shot to most modern players’ inability to play with their backs to the basket; from employing his own four corners to one of the earliest, up-and-down, pre-shot clock, three-guard offenses; from a double post offense that always wanted the ball inside to his reluctant acceptance of three-pointers that have changed the game forever; and, perhaps, more than any other coach, from the all-white dominance of Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky to actually initiating the recruitment and rise of African-American players throughout the region, he’s been there, done that.” — Author F. Martin Harmon
“Others, who were here when Lefty arrived in a town devoid of big-time basketball, have talked at length about what he did for basketball here. It is all true. One could argue for hours about his coaching ability. Was he overrated as a recruiter and underrated as a coach? Did he lose control on the bench in the clutch? All moot. If John Lucas makes two free throws with the score North Carolina State 101, Maryland 100 with nine seconds left in overtime back in 1974, does Maryland — instead of N.C. State — go on to be national champion? If Moses Malone doesn’t turn pro in 1975…” — John Feinstein, Washington Post
“He won more games than all but a handful of coaches, he resuscitated programs in places where the sport had no reason to matter.” — Dave Fairbank, Hampton Roads Daily Press
“It’s hard to believe that a coach who took four schools to the NCAA Tournament and who won 786 games without getting into hot water with the NCAA isn’t already in the Hall… He’s due.” — Bob Molinaro, Norfolk Virginian-Pilots
“…let me tell you something: you don’t win 785 games without understanding what a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 zone, a 2-1-2 zone, man-to-man defense, multiple defenses, matchup defenses, and offensive systems that are varied.” — Dick Vitale, Legendary ESPN analyst
“Driesell always was viewed as a better recruiter than coach. Though he and his assistants were tireless and imaginative, the truth is that he was given too much credit as a recruiter and too little as an X and O guy… He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Yesterday” — Dave Fairbank, Hampton Roads Daily Press
“Lefty really cares – cares about winning and having a good program. Most of all, he cares about his players, not only while they are in school but later on… And, just as important, he knows this game and can coach. He has that special feel.” — Red Auerbach, Legendary Boston Celtics coach