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Maryland plans to honor Lefty Driesell

Maryland is planning to honor former men's basketball coach Lefty Driesell, who won 348 games in 18 seasons in College Park before being forced out following the 1986 death of star player Len Bias.

His supporters believe such recognition – raising a Comcast Center banner for Driesell is among the options under consideration -- is overdue.

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The plan to highlight the achievements of Driesell, 79, comes as the university continues to study a proposal to name the Comcast Center basketball court after recently-retired coach Gary Williams, who was 461-252 at Maryland and won the 2002 national championship.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents discussed the Williams proposal in private on Friday without rendering a decision. The final decision is expected to be made by Chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan, according to multiple sources. University president Wallace Loh and athletic director Kevin Anderson have both publicly embraced the plan.

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Some Driesell backers have privately questioned naming the court for Williams and believe Driesell has not been given his due. Driesell, retired and living in Virginia Beach, Va., took Maryland to the NCAA tournament eight times, including two appearances in the final eight.

Driesell stepped down after the cocaine-induced death of former Bias but has said, "I didn't do anything wrong with Len Bias."

New Maryland coach Mark Turgeon -- who has a good relationship with Williams -- has reached out to Driesell. While Turgeon did not disclose specifics, he said in an e-mail Monday: ""I hope we can do something for Lefty in the future."

Maryland is considering scheduling a game with The Citadel, whose head coach – Chuck Driesell – is Lefty's son.

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