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'It means everything': Former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell elected to Naismith Hall of Fame

'It means everything': Former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell elected to Naismith Hall of Fame

Shortly after his introductory press conference in the spring of 1969 at Maryland ended, Lefty Driesell was driving to visit a recruit when one of his assistant coaches asked him about a catchy line Driesell had delivered to the media assembled in College Park that day.

“I said to Coach, ‘What’s this UCLA of the East stuff? We’re overpromising,’ ” George Raveling, who was part of Driesell’s first staff at Maryland, recalled Saturday. “Coach looks at me and said, ‘George, son, in life, the first thing you’ve got to do is sell a dream.’ ”

It was a significant part of Driesell’s 41-year career as a Division I head coach, including the 17 seasons he spent turning the Terps into,...

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