Driesell: `I'm humbled' by Hall of Fame honor

Former Terps coach in 2nd induction class

April 03, 2007|By CHRISTIAN EWELL

Lefty Driesell, best known for his 17-year tenure as the Maryland men's basketball coach, is headed to the National College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Driesell, 75, won 786 games - 348 with the Terrapins - during a 41-year career that also included stops at Davidson, James Madison and Georgia State. He guided all four schools to NCAA tournament appearances.

"I'm humbled by it and I appreciate it," Driesell said yesterday. "It's just an honor in my name, but it honors the players, teams and staff I've worked with over the years. Because I never won those games by myself. So I'm just thrilled by it."

Driesell is part of the second class at the hall, created by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and expected to open this fall in Kansas City, Mo. The selections were announced Sunday.

The former Terps coach will be joining Kansas' Phog Allen, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, Oklahoma State's Henry Iba, Tennessee State's John McLendon, Houston's Guy Lewis and Missouri's Norm Stewart as former head coaches to be inducted. The committee also added former Duke coach Vic Bubas for his contributions to the game.

Players to be inducted are UCLA's Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Lew Alcindor in his college days), Notre Dame's Austin Carr, Duke's Dick Groat (a college teammate of Driesell's) and Tennessee State's Dick Barnett.

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