Maryland to honor Lefty Driesell in April

Over one year after dedicating its basketball court to a coaching legend, the University of Maryland will honor another in similar fashion.

goes here Gary Williams, left, accepts a gift basketball from Lefty Driesell after Williams surpassed him as the Maryland men’s basketball coach with the most wins in 2006. (John McDonnell – The Washington Post)

On April 16, Maryland will dedicate a bronze bas-relief of Charles “Lefty” Driesell in Comcast Center, the athletics department announced Tuesday in a press release.

In late January 2012, the Comcast Center court became Gary Williams Court. Shortly after that decision was made, former Maryland coach Driesell expressed his dissatisfaction, telling The Post in a telephone interview, “I don’t think his name — or anybody’s name — should be on the Maryland basketball court.”

“Lefty is a legendary coach and we are happy to recognize him on this special day,” Athletics Director Kevin Anderson said. “It will be exciting for our longtime fans to celebrate Lefty’s return to the university and we look forward to the dedication of his Bas-relief in April.”

Over 17 seasons in College Park, Driesell led the Terps to eight NCAA tournament appearances and one ACC title. A member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the famed creator of “Maryland Madness,” Driesell will also be honored during Maryland’s home game against Clemson on Feb. 23.

“Lefty did a great job establishing a tradition for Maryland basketball,” Coach Mark Turgeon said in the release. “I know our alumni, former players, and our team is excited to have Lefty back on campus. It will be a great day for everyone involved with Maryland basketball.”

Tom McMillen and Len Elmore are spearheading the fundraising efforts for the statue, as well as raising money for scholarhips in Driesell’s name.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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