Features Former Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell, and NC State Stars
Rodney Monroe and Chris Corchiani
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raycom Sports this weekend releases the third of a new three-episode ACC Network syndicated series, ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court. Each half-hour show goes beyond the game to tell the unique story of a player or coach, and how they made a name for themselves in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The host is the ACC Network’s Cory Alexander, a former University of Virginia standout and 8-year NBA guard.
The final show of the season profiles one of the legendary coaches of the ACC, Lefty Driesell. The ‘ol lefthander won almost 800 games at four different schools, but he is best known for his 16 years as the head coach at Maryland. He led the Terps to six ACC Championship games, including what’s considered the greatest game in the history of the conference, the 1974 thriller against N.C. State. Lefty, who turned 80 this past Christmas day, talks about the emotions of that ’74 game, his life as a true “salesman” of college basketball and the tragedy that led to his departure from College Park, the death of star Len Bias.
In addition, spend time with what might have been the best backcourt ever in the ACC. Nicknamed Fire and Ice, Rodney Monroe and Chris Corchiani set numerous records together. Monroe left N.C. State as its all-time leading scorer and Corchiani finished his Wolfpack career as the NCAA assists leader. Despite the great chemistry, it might be hard to believe that the two had a few issues with each other early in their careers and actually got into a fight. But they decided to focus on the name in front of the jersey instead of the back to become two of the greatest players in the ACC. They walk the floor at Reynolds Coliseum once again and reminisce about their days back in Raleigh.
Earlier features of Duke’s legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Player of the Year candidate Harrison Barnes, and ACC legends Muggsy Bogues of Wake Forest and Ralph Sampson of Virginia are now available online. For complete information on the ACC Basketball: Kings of the Court, including airdates and times, station affiliates, platforms and previous features, visit theACC.com/kings
Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023. Raycom’s parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.
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