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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 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 Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1997
HERNDON, Va. -- Lefty Driesell breezes into the lobby, his suit coat flapping. He has been on the go since 5 a.m., and it's nearly 9 p.m. now. He has driven from his home in Harrisonburg, Va., to Arlington, Va., and back to this restaurant near Dulles International Airport.He has seen four prospective recruits, including one who kept him waiting for more than 90 minutes. He got lost at least once, and now he's behind schedule. There is still more to do before his 7 a.m. flight to Memphis, Tenn.
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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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January 4, 2003
Lefty Driesell retires with the fifth-most victories in Division I history. Coach Schools Wins Dean Smith North Carolina (1961-1997) 879 Adolph Rupp Kentucky (1930-1952, 1954-1972) 876 *Jim Phelan Mount St. Mary's (1954-2002) 824 *Bob Knight Army (1965-1971), Indiana (1971-2000), 796 ...................................Texas Tech (2001-2002) Lefty Driesell Davidson (1960-1969), Maryland (1969-1986), 786 James Madison (1988-1997), Georgia State (1997-2002) Notes: Minimum 10 seasons in Division I; *-active
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2002
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.
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September 26, 1991
Lefty's required college readingIn "Confessions of a Coach," Norm Sloan's upcoming book on his life in college basketball, he recalled how Tom McMillen, a star player who has become an NCAA reform-minded congressman, ended up playing for Lefty Driesell at Maryland. McMillen, 4th District (D), was set to play for Dean Smith at North Carolina and even gave an unwritten commitment.If Driesell could not sway the recruit away from North Carolina, why not try the parents?Sloan said Driesell discovered that North Carolina's play-by-play announcer at the time wrote pornographic books under a pen name.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | January 19, 1994
COLLEGE PARK -- This is the kind of story Maryland fans will tell for years, long after Joe Smith has left for the riches and fame of the NBA, long after the record books have been rewritten and the rafters at Cole Field House are filled with reminders of this star-in-the-making.This is the story of how Lefty Driesell, more than eight years after leaving Maryland, finally helped the Terrapins sign the big man he never could get during his 17 foot-stomping seasons as coach of the Terrapins.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2003
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.
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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.
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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 | 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 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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February 22, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. A lot has been made about the erratic play at point guard this season for the Terps. How has a lack of consistency among Maryland's big men contributed to the team's inconsistent play? Don Markus: I stated in December that the two biggest issues for Maryland this season would be a lack of outside shooting and the development of a second scoring option inside aside from Alex Len. Thanks to Logan Aronhalt, Seth Allen and Jake Layman, the outside shooting has not been as big a problem as I thought.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Lefty Driesell is more than 26 years and 220 miles removed from Maryland's men's basketball program. At 81, the former coach doesn't get to many games anymore. But from his condo in Virginia Beach, Va., Driesell thinks about his Maryland days often - partly because of his lingering affection for the school and partly because he never seemed to find proper closure after being forced out in 1986 following the cocaine-induced death of star player Len Bias. Some of Driesell's former players have kept their distance from the school because they believe he never received his due for the 348 wins and other accomplishments during his 17 seasons as head coach.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | November 25, 2001
On May 3, Maryland will write the final chapter in the successful but sometimes turbulent basketball coaching career of Lefty Driesell at the school when the M Club inducts him into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. Driesell, 69, guided the Terps to eight NCAA tournaments in 17 years at the school, including three appearances in the round of 16 and two in the final eight. He also had eight Top 20 teams, five Top 10 squads, one ACC tournament champion, six ACC tourney finalists and seven All-Americas.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 31, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - He walked to center court, bantering with the cheerleaders who escorted him there. He flashed his famous victory sign several times and was serenaded with one last chorus of "Amen." Lefty Driesell was back where he belonged, at a school he helped put on the college basketball map. It was not Cole Field House, where the former Maryland coach was noticeably absent when the Terrapins played their final game there in March. But Comcast Center was good enough for Driesell. "A lot of people made a big deal of that," Driesell said last night, after being honored with a halftime ceremony during the Maryland-North Carolina State game.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Lefty Driesell's career at Maryland was coming to an end when a sportswriter who had spent the first 10 years of his career in New York showed up to cover the Terrapins for The Baltimore Sun. It was the summer of 1985 and there were rumors that Driesell might be going back home to Norfolk to coach Old Dominion. Driesell, who was coming off the Terps winning an ACC tournament championship two seasons before, had told a paper down there that there was “a 50-50 chance” he would be leaving College Park after 17 seasons to coach the Monarchs.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Maryland has finalized plans to honor former basketball coach Lefty Driesell with a bronze relief that will hang at Comcast Center, sources say. Driesell is to be honored at the Clemson game Feb. 23. Then, on April 16, a number of Driesell's former players are expected to attend a ceremony to unveil the bronze bas-relief. It “will be displayed on the Comcast wall interior next to the portion of the floor from Cole Field House,” said a letter circulated among Driesell's supporters to raise funds for the project.
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