March 18, 2003 |
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.
June 23, 1991 |
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.
January 2, 1989 |
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.
April 4, 1988 |
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.