Gary Williams retired after last season as the winningest coach in the history of Maryland basketball, a 22-year run that included a national title in 2002. The school has named its court at the Comcast Center after Williams, but not without an objection from Lefty Driesell, who coached the Terps from 1969-86 and had a higher lifetime winning percentage than Williams did.
Driesell, who preferred that Maryland not name its court after anyone, recently expressed his concerns in an email to the university's chancellor. And this is what Driesell told the Baltimore Sun this week:
"It's not fair to my players that they would put Gary Williams' name on the court. It's a disservice to players such as Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Len Elmore, Brad Davis, Greg Manning, Adrian Branch and Steve Sheppard."
Notice Driesell didn't mention Albert King, Ernest Graham, Greg Manning, Len Bias, or a host of other guys who had standout playing careers at Maryland during his tenure. But that's how this works: Some people get recognized for things, some don't, and some may or may not have people willing to pony up a lot of money to get them recognized.
Maryland's 'Gary Williams Court' result of contentious decision [Baltimore Sun]
In naming court after Williams, prospect of large donation was discussed [Baltimore Sun]
[via Larry Brown Sports]