UM was wrong to leave Driesell out of ceremony I am a...


March 17, 2002

UM was wrong to leave Driesell out of ceremony

I am a retiree, a lifelong Maryland resident and follower of University of Maryland sports teams. I watched the closing of Cole Field House on March 3 and recalled many of the fine athletes and coaches who have performed there.

However, I was wondering why Lefty Driesell was not there, and then read in The Sun on March 5 that he was not even invited.

Dave Haglund, Maryland associated athletic director for media relations, said the university wanted to focus on individual players, the first ACC championship team in 1958 and the first team to play in Cole.

Shame on Mr. Haglund and his superiors who allowed this snubbing to occur. Driesell is as big a part of Cole Field House history as anyone.

This injustice is not the first for Lefty at Maryland. He was the scapegoat in the death of Len Bias.

I met Lefty at a seaside resort after his dismissal as Maryland coach and told him how sorry I felt and that his firing was not justified.

In typical Lefty fashion and true Christian virtue, he stated that he had no animosity toward the university, appreciated the years at Maryland and felt that things worked out for the best, and that he had many blessings and would go on.

We and the University of Maryland officials can learn a lot about life and character from Lefty Driesell.

Tom Goon Baldwin

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In this day of overpriced prima-donnas, in-your-face athletes whose only care is "What's in it for me?" it was a ray of sunshine to see such a wonderful ad.

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In the meantime, those who have lambasted the Orioles' boss, Peter Angelos, should take note that he is quietly utilizing sound judgment by assembling a young, exciting and very-soon-to-be contending team in the American League East.

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