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April 7, 1988
Charles (Lefty) Driesell, who built a national basketball power at Maryland before resigning in the wake of Len Bias' cocaine-induced death, was hired Wednesday as coach at James Madison University. Driesell succeeds John Thurston, who resigned in midseason. Officials at James Madison, a small college in Harrisonburg, Va., cited nationally for its academic quality, praised Driesell for his commitment to education.
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March 18, 2003 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
In a 41-season career that ended with his retirement Jan. 3, Charles "Lefty" Driesell won 786 games, notched 22 seasons of 20 victories or more and coached four schools to the NCAA tournament -- Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. Other than that, when it comes to handicapping the 65-school NCAA tournament, really, what does he have on you or me? Big-shot former college coach? Yes. Basketball Hall of Fame finalist for 2003? Yes. Advanced degree in Bracketology? Hardly.
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August 7, 1990 | CURTIS EICHELBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since Len Bias' cocaine-induced death, the University of Maryland athletic program has nearly collapsed, following a trend of hiring successful, respected coaches and athletic directors and bringing out their worst. Maryland is reeling from another blow to its downward spiraling athletic program Friday, when the NCAA announced it would not lessen severe sanctions levied against the university in May.
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June 23, 1991 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The grass atop his grave is more brown than green and the three bouquets left by his mother have long since been scorched and wilted by the sun. The grave marker reads: Leonard K. Bias In God's Loving Care Nov. 18, 1963 - June 19, 1986 Buried next to him is his younger brother, Jay, who was murdered seven months ago and whose dying words were a recital of the Lord's Prayer. A headstone is being cut to include the prayer.
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March 18, 2003 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
In a 41-season career that ended with his retirement Jan. 3, Charles "Lefty" Driesell won 786 games, notched 22 seasons of 20 victories or more and coached four schools to the NCAA tournament -- Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. Other than that, when it comes to handicapping the 65-school NCAA tournament, really, what does he have on you or me? Big-shot former college coach? Yes. Basketball Hall of Fame finalist for 2003? Yes. Advanced degree in Bracketology? Hardly.
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June 23, 1991 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The grass atop his grave is more brown than green and the three bouquets left by his mother have long since been scorched and wilted by the sun. The grave marker reads: Leonard K. Bias In God's Loving Care Nov. 18, 1963 - June 19, 1986 Buried next to him is his younger brother, Jay, who was murdered seven months ago and whose dying words were a recital of the Lord's Prayer. A headstone is being cut to include the prayer.
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January 2, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Charles Grice (Lefty) Driesell is like a brush fire in a Santa Ana wind: Just when you think he has been extinguished, he roars back to life somewhere else. And the flames are burning as brightly as ever these days in the Shenandoah Valley where Leftymania is raging through this once-serene countryside nestled in wooded hills between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. James Madison University, an erudite state school, may never be the same.
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July 23, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
In the movie "King of Comedy," Robert De Niro plays a star-struck character named Rupert Pupkin, who kidnaps a network talk-show host. As ransom, Pupkin demands to be host on the show for one night. He gets his wish, then is arrested. But when Pupkin is released from prison some time later, he finds he has become a national hero. It is the American way. We may be the most forgiving people on Earth.
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April 4, 1988 | JOHN FEINSTEIN, Washington Post
Former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell is close to an agreement with James Madison University that would make him its new head coach, according to sources. Driesell, 56, is likely to sign a five-year contract with the school this week, barring a last-minute snag in negotiations.
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August 7, 1990 | CURTIS EICHELBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since Len Bias' cocaine-induced death, the University of Maryland athletic program has nearly collapsed, following a trend of hiring successful, respected coaches and athletic directors and bringing out their worst. Maryland is reeling from another blow to its downward spiraling athletic program Friday, when the NCAA announced it would not lessen severe sanctions levied against the university in May.
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January 2, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Charles Grice (Lefty) Driesell is like a brush fire in a Santa Ana wind: Just when you think he has been extinguished, he roars back to life somewhere else. And the flames are burning as brightly as ever these days in the Shenandoah Valley where Leftymania is raging through this once-serene countryside nestled in wooded hills between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. James Madison University, an erudite state school, may never be the same.
SPORTS
April 7, 1988
Charles (Lefty) Driesell, who built a national basketball power at Maryland before resigning in the wake of Len Bias' cocaine-induced death, was hired Wednesday as coach at James Madison University. Driesell succeeds John Thurston, who resigned in midseason. Officials at James Madison, a small college in Harrisonburg, Va., cited nationally for its academic quality, praised Driesell for his commitment to education.
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April 4, 1988 | JOHN FEINSTEIN, Washington Post
Former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell is close to an agreement with James Madison University that would make him its new head coach, according to sources. Driesell, 56, is likely to sign a five-year contract with the school this week, barring a last-minute snag in negotiations.
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July 23, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
In the movie "King of Comedy," Robert De Niro plays a star-struck character named Rupert Pupkin, who kidnaps a network talk-show host. As ransom, Pupkin demands to be host on the show for one night. He gets his wish, then is arrested. But when Pupkin is released from prison some time later, he finds he has become a national hero. It is the American way. We may be the most forgiving people on Earth.
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