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Lefty Driesell not on board with Maryland’s move to the Big Ten

Nov 20, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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Mark former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell down as one of the people who are totally against the Terrapins choice to leave the ACC and head to the Big Ten.

On SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation channel, the man who brought two ACC regular season title and an ACC conference tournament title to College Park voiced his opinion on the situation, and it wasn’t nice.

Lefty Driesell:  “I think it’s a sad day.  You know, I played in the first ACC tournament when I was playing at Duke and I’ve always loved the ACC.  I coached in it for 17 years, did announcing in it for two years.  It’s a great league. … I think it’s a terrible decision [to move].  You tell me one thing that’s good about it.  Besides money, what’s one thing? … I’m an old timer.  I’m 80 years old.  College athletics used to be for the students, not for the business people.”

This isn’t a surprise. A lot o f older folks love tradition and Lefty is one of them. He’s a lifer in the ACC, essentially, and he likes to see it stay that way. Unfortunately, times change and the game he once knew it’s about love and tradition anymore, it’s about money and as long as the almighty dollar takes precedence, this is how things will be run.

Driesell’s opinion is shared by a lot of people. Unfortunately, the people with the opinions that matter, the college athletic directors and presidents, are saying “show me the money.”

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten

  1. dexterismyhero - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Lefty is still mad about the court being named after Gary Williams. Lefty was a d-bag in his time.

  2. wshifflette - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    He needs to lock it up. “I’m an old timer. I’m 80 years old. College athletics used to be for the students, not for the business people.”

    What about the students that were evolved in the seven UMD sports programs that got cut because of the budget? Being an “Old Timer” isn’t an excuse for being ignorant to the times. College sports is a business, I understand that he wishes that it wasn’t a business, but it is. To ignore that fact would be idiotic to say the least.

    – Fellow Terp

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