Kehoe, Driesell: We weren't invited to Cole farewell

March 05, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Former Maryland athletic director Jim Kehoe said last night that he and Lefty Driesell were not invited to the closing ceremonies at Cole Field House on Sunday night.

Kehoe, who hired Driesell as Maryland coach in 1969, said, "I'm disappointed that I wasn't asked to come, but it's absolutely wrong that Lefty Driesell, the man who started it all, was not invited. It's sinful. I was shocked when he told me he wasn't invited."

Driesell said last night from his Atlanta home, "I'm not going to lose any sleep over this. I am upset that Jim Kehoe wasn't invited. He was the one responsible for giving me everything I needed to make basketball a happening at Cole."

Dave Haglund, Maryland associate athletic director for media relations, said, "We focused on individual players, the first ACC championship team in 1958, and the first team to play in Cole."

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