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By HEATHER DINICH and HEATHER DINICH,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2006
Chuck Driesell, son of former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell and head coach at Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, Va., informed his team yesterday of his decision to accept an assistant coaching position at Maryland, one of his players said. Bishop Ireton guard Alex Yurgaitis said Driesell informed the Cardinals at their open gym session after school. Maryland coach Gary Williams will make an official announcement at an 11 a.m. news conference today in the Tyser Tower press box at Byrd Stadium, but the university has not released the name of the new hire.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Maryland's recent stretch of close games and tough defeats is nearly unprecedented in the men's basketball program's modern history. It has been nearly 30 years since the Terps have played in as many games decided by four points or less. Maryland is 3-6 this season in games decided by that margin, including three defeats by a total of eight points in the past four games. The last time the Terps played that many close games in a season was 1984-85, when Lefty Driesell's team played 12 games decided by four points or less.
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By DAVID STEELE | February 9, 2006
Maryland officials were way ahead of us. Lefty Driesell is coming back for an encore, and the school didn't need prompting from a column last week to make it happen. Plans already were in place for Driesell to be honored along with coach Gary Williams the first time the Terps played at home after Williams surpassed him as Maryland's all-time leader in men's basketball coaching victories. Now, it will happen in a ceremony before Saturday's Duke game at Comcast Center, with Driesell symbolically passing the torch to Williams, who has never failed to credit Driesell for laying the foundation on which he built a national champion.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
Dec. 24, 2000: New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde passes for 481 yards, but the Ravens triumph, 34-20, before an announced 69,184 at PSINet Stadium. It's the seventh straight win for the playoff-bound Ravens (12-4), who intercept three passes and force six turnovers. Dec. 27, 1997: Gary Williams' 150th victory as Maryland's basketball coach is a rout, 74-36 over UNC-Wilmington at Cole Field House. Forward Rodney Elliott (Dunbar) scores a game-high 22 points for the No. 20 Terps , who improve to 7-3. Dec. 28, 1978: Quintin Dailey scores 43 points, hitting 19 of 24 shots from the field as Cardinal Gibbons' basketball team rips Grand Bahamas, 104-74, in the Benedictine Classic in Richmond, Va. The NBA-bound Dailey, a 6-foot-3 guard, adds 14 rebounds and seven assists for coach Ray Mullis' Crusaders (5-2)
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | June 3, 2006
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland's newest assistant basketball coach began his first day on the job yesterday publicly thanking Gary Williams for the opportunity and talking about what he can add to the struggling program other than a name. Chuck Driesell, son of former Terps coach Lefty Driesell, was hired to replace Rob Moxley, who took an associate head coaching position at North Carolina-Charlotte. Driesell said the emotions connected with returning to his alma mater, where his father achieved both fame and infamy from 1969 to 1986, were "indescribable."
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By HEATHER A. DINICH | May 11, 2006
Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams has included Chuck Driesell, son of former Terps coach Lefty Driesell, among the candidates to replace assistant coach Rob Moxley, sources have confirmed. "I'm going to interview four or five people and make sure Debbie [Yow, athletic director] meets the two or three [finalists]," Williams said in a recent interview. Chuck Driesell is the head coach at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va. When contacted by e-mail recently, Driesell said, "There is nothing to say right now."
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By ASSOCAITED PRESS | November 20, 1991
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- When Lefty Driesell became James Madison's basketball coach, expectations were understandably high.Driesell had taken two downtrodden programs -- Davidson and Maryland -- and turned them into consistent NCAA tournament teams that frequently occupied the Top 25.But as he begins his fourth season at James Madison, facing Georgia Tech tonight, that same magic has yet to materialize at jTC the picturesque school in the Shenandoah Valley.Driesell...
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By BILL FREE and BILL FREE,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2004
Georgetown assistant Chuck Driesell said yesterday that he is making a second attempt to become the head basketball coach at Towson University. "I've been a head coach [Marymount University] for six years, recruited all over the Baltimore area and had one year's experience in the Big East since I last applied for the job," said the son of former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell. The younger Driesell was a candidate for the Towson coaching position when Mike Jaskulski was hired in 1997. Driesell submitted his application yesterday.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2002
As Lefty Driesell walked to the stage Friday night in College Park for his induction into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame, someone in the crowd shouted, "Give the V sign," in reference to one of his Cole Field House trademarks as coach of the Terrapins. Driesell said after the M Club ceremony: "I should have." After all, the night truly belonged to Driesell. He was given two standing ovations by the crowd of 400 who packed their way into the Inn & Conference Center on campus to honor Driesell and five others who were inducted into the Maryland Hall.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1997
Former James Madison assistant Chuck Driesell said yesterday that he is interested in becoming Towson State's new basketball coach and has applied for the position."
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By David Driver, For The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
Aaron Craft is a senior guard for Ohio State, considered one of top perimeter defenders in college basketball. Conner Lipinski, meanwhile, is a sophomore guard from Gambrills who played just two minutes in the first eight games this season as a preferred walk-on for Maryland. The two appear to have little in common — no one would mistake their play if they faced off in a game. But Lipinski, a former standout at Annapolis Area Christian School, was trying his best Craft imitation recently during practices at Comcast Center in College Park.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - A nearly 60-year-old basketball arena called Cole Field House was transformed into a hot, crowded, ear-deafening time capsule Friday night. It could have been 1969, the year Lefty Driesell arrived from Davidson filled with bluster and bravado and determined to make Maryland into "the UCLA of the East. " It could have been 1989, the year Gary Williams returned to his alma mater from Ohio State, vowing to rebuild a scandal-ridden, down-on-its-luck program. It could have been 2002, when the Terps won their first national championship a few weeks after closing the building with an unbeaten home season.
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October 18, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How significant is it that former Terps coaches Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell are both expected to be at Cole Field House for Maryland Madness tonight? It's very significant. For a long period, there wasn't much unity between Driesell-era players and Maryland during William's tenure as coach. Driesell was forced out after the 1986 death of star player Len Bias, and many of his players and supporters believe he never got his due. Some kept their distance from the school.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams first walked into Cole Field House 50 years ago. A high school senior at the time, Williams had been invited to College Park from his home in South Jersey by coach Bud Millikan to watch the 1963 NCAA tournament East Regional. "I had seen the Palestra in Philadelphia, which was 9,000 [capacity], but this was 14,000," Williams recalled this week. "I walked in from the street on the top level. It kind of took your breath away. " As much as Williams liked the school and its coach, he fell in love with what was then an 18-year-old building that was among the best and biggest college basketball venues in the country.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
The announcement Tuesday that Maryland Madness will be held at Cole Field House for the first time since the building was closed to basketball in 2002 was welcomed by two former coaches who spent a lot of time there and whose teams won many big games there. Both Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams said they hope to be in College Park on Oct. 18, when third-year men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and longtime women's basketball coach Brenda Frese hold a ceremonial practice there for their respective teams.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - Only four days after George Washington University unveiled its new basketball court at the Charles E. Smith Center, several former Terps and local players had the honor of being among the first to play on it as part of the Basketball Alumni Legends League's Pro Basketball Series. The league, founded by Michael Wranovics in 2012, is intended to give professional basketball players who are not at the NBA level an outlet to showcase their talents during the summer. By pitting local stars against one another, Wranovics hopes to generate fan interest and create immediate team chemistry.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | December 28, 1996
Eighteen days have passed since Towson State played its last game, a victory over Loyola College on Dec. 10. It's the longest idle stretch since Terry Truax became coach in 1983.With a 3-5 record and bitten by the flu bug, the Tigers needed the rest.Now, they get Lefty.Charles "Lefty" Driesell brings his James Madison Dukes (4-3) to the Towson Center for tonight's 7: 30 game. The former Maryland coach is 147-101 in nine seasons at James Madison, 671-325 overall.Since being hired at James Madison, the closest Driesell had come to coaching in the Baltimore area was three visits to the Naval Academy during his first three seasons, and a one-point win at Mount St. Mary's in 1990.
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By COX NEWS SERVICE | November 22, 1998
ATLANTA -- The exclusive club of NCAA Division I coaches who have won 700 or more games yesterday gained its 11th member.Almost 38 years after he won his first game as a college coach, Georgia State's Lefty Driesell secured career victory No. 700 at the Sports Arena as his Panthers defeated North Florida, 84-74, before a crowd of 1,108.It was Driesell's third try at win No. 700, losing to Florida International in the final game of last season and Georgetown in the season opener Wednesday.
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By Don Markus | April 17, 2013
More than a quarter century after he was forced to resign in the months following the cocaine-induced death of basketball star Len Bias, longtime Maryland coach Lefty Driesell was officially - and permanently - recognized Tuesday with the unveiling of a bronzed bas relief sculpture in his honor at Comcast Center. In a ceremony that attracted a few hundred friends, family and fans and brought back close to 50 players - including Tom McMillen and Len Elmore, who spearheaded the effort to get their former coach recognized - Driesell, now 81, was both emotional and typically cantankerous in accepting the honor.
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Sports Digest | April 6, 2013
Et cetera Brenton gets Driesell honor for defense Stony Brook senior forward Tommy Brenton (River Hill) was named the winner of the Lefty Driesell Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year, CollegeInsider.com announced at its awards banquet Friday night in Atlanta. Brenton led the Seawolves in steals with 54 and was named the America East Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Stony Brook ranks sixth in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (.378 percent)
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