Milestones in Driesell's Career
October 30, 1986
1954 -- Begins career as junior varsity coach at Granby High School in Norfolk; takes over as varsity coach the next year.
1957 -- Takes over as coach at Newport News High School, where his teams built a 57-game winning streak.
1960 -- Becomes head coach at Davidson, where his first college victory comes in his first game, against Wake Forest on Dec. 3. In his years at Davidson, Driesell wins the Southern Conference championship three times.
1966 -- Gets his 100th career victory, over West Virginia.
1969 -- Takes over as coach at Maryland.
1971 -- Signs Tom McMillen, who goes on to score 1,807 career points and get 859 rebounds in becoming an all-America; he was also a Rhodes Scholar. Signs Len Elmore, good for 1,017 career points and 1,053 rebounds (Maryland's all-time record) in his all-America career. During the season, gets 200th career victory, over Loyola (Md.).
1972 -- Wins National Invitation Tournament.
1972 -- Signs John Lucas, who goes on to score 2,015 career points and total 514 assists (Maryland's all-time record), and later is first player taken in 1976 NBA draft.
1975 -- Gets 300th career victory, over Notre Dame.
1976 -- Signs his finest recruit ever, Moses Malone, but loses him to professional basketball just before classes begin.
1977 -- Signs Albert King, who goes on to become an all-America and set Maryland's all-time scoring record with 2,058 points.
1980 -- Gets 400th career victory, over Navy. After the season, named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year after his team goes 24-7.
1983 -- Is reprimanded by university for conduct in the case of player Herman Veal, suspended from the team after accusations he tried to force sexual attentions on a female student. Driesell is accused of calling the woman and trying to pressure her into dropping her charges.
1984 -- Is given a 10-year contract by Maryland.
February 1985 -- Gets 500th career victory, over Towson State.
December 1985 -- Signs renegotiated 10-year contract that calls for him to coach six years and serve as an assistant athletic director for the next four.
June 17, 1986 -- All-America Len Bias is the No. 2 overall selection in the National Basketball Association draft, picked by the champion Boston Celtics.
June 19, 1986 -- Bias dies of cocaine intoxication. June 22, 1986 -- It is revealed that Bias was 21 credits short of graduation at the time of his death, and that he had virtually stopped attending class during the spring semester.
July 1986 -- Tony Massenburg is declared ineligible for the season after a committee finds he cheated on an exam in the spring semester.
July 1986 -- Terry Long and David Gregg, suitemates of Bias', are indicted by the Prince George's County grand jury investigating Bias death; the charges are obstruction of justice and possession of cocaine.
August 1986 -- Driesell waives his immunity and testifies before the same grand jury, which seeks to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to indict Driesell on charges of obstruction of justice. The coach is not indicted.
October 1986 -- A university task force investigating academic performance of athletes concludes that, in recruiting, the basketball staff stresses athletics over academics.
Oct. 29, 1986 -- Resigns as coach and accepts reassignment as an assistant athletic director.
© 1986 The Washington Post Company
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