Driesell's follow-up could be a shot at scouting for Hawks

January 11, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Lefty Driesell might have retired from coaching basketball at Georgia State eight days ago, but it doesn't appear he will be away from the game all that long.

Driesell said yesterday he is going to talk to the Atlanta Hawks in a couple weeks and one of the job possibilities is "they might have me scout the East Coast since I'll be living in Virginia Beach."

Driesell said he "settled on a home" in Virginia Beach on Thursday. "My wife, Joyce, wants to live in Virginia Beach," said Driesell, 71, who had 786 victories when he walked away from Georgia State.

Todd Thrasher, who represents Driesell as well as Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen, confirmed the meeting with the Hawks and said he is "exploring several other options" for Driesell.

"Commentating for ESPN is one of those possibilities," Thrasher said. "Everything right now is in the early stages."

Driesell is no stranger to television since he was an analyst for the Raycom-Jefferson Pilot Atlantic Coast Conference television network during his two years out of coaching after the death of Len Bias at Maryland in 1986.

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