Maurice Cheeks

The Hall's call: Former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell expected to be named to basketball Hall of Fame

The Hall's call: Former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell expected to be named to basketball Hall of Fame

In the visiting dressing room at the then-new Dean E. Smith Center after Maryland’s overtime victory over No. 1 North Carolina in 1986, Lefty Driesell played down the significance of the win.

Driesell, when asked if it was the biggest victory of his career, said dismissively, “Nah, they’re all big. I won’t even remember this tomorrow.” It took Driesell nearly 30 years to admit, sheepishly, “That was a lie.”

The same might be said about Driesell's long-awaited, and long-debated, inclusion in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Driesell has contended that getting in isn’t “that a big deal.”

That wait, and that debate, appears to be over for the 86-year-old...

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