Feeling down about the Maryland men's basketball team's now nearly extinct chances at hanging a Big Ten Conference regular-season championship banner this year?
Why not get out your credit card and bid on something that's already been won — if you can stomach the price and the legacy.
Heritage Auctions has opened bidding on the 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship ring presented to former Maryland star Len Bias, then a sophomore. The league title was the first and only of former coach Lefty Driesell's Terps career; his teams also won the 1975 and 1980 ACC regular-season championships.
Bias led Maryland in the ACC final against Duke with 26 points, finishing 12-for-17 from the field. "I came here with something to prove," Bias said. "I didn't get named to any of the All-ACC teams, first or second team. I wanted people to know that I could play and do it in big games." The Terps advanced to the regional semifinal in the 1984 NCAA tournament, and Bias continued his ascendance.
He was named a second-team All-American as a junior and a first-team All-American as a senior. Two days after he was taken No. 2 overall in the 1986 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, Bias died in his College Park dormitory after a cocaine overdose.
According to Heritage Auctions, Bias' ring features "a red stone on the face with golden 'ACC' lettering with two concentric bands of raised text at the perimeter reading, '1984 Maryland Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference Champions.' " The interior band measures to a size 9 1/2, and the ring weighs 20 grams.
The auction house put the value of the ring at over $10,000, and ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell said he expects it to fetch about $15,000.