Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor: The Len Bias Tragedy and the Search for Reform in Big-time College Basketball

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Bancroft Press, 1992 - Sports & Recreation - 342 pages
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Where were you on June 19, 1986? That's the day when Len Bias, one of the greats of the college basketball game, a player seemingly destined for NBA stardom, died of a cocaine overdose. For the next several months, millions followed the continuing, unfolding tragedy at the University of Maryland at College Park. Six years later, where is big-time basketball, the big-money game whose vulnerabilities began to come to life with Bias's death? How far has it come in reforming itself against the abuses that contributed to the Bias tragedy? In "Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor," "Baltimore Sun" reporter C. Fraser Smith answers those questions through the microcosm of the University of Maryland. He demonstrates how, despite numerous obstacles, the University of Maryland has been reforming its program during the five years since Bias's death actually transforming it from sinkhole to national model. In so doing, Smith provides the first book to look at the problems of intercollegiate sports from the college president's perspective, a point of view crucial to getting balance instilled in such programs. "

  

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This is less about Len Bias's playing career at Maryland and more about the circumstances of his passing and the apparent academic cover-ups that were happening during his tenure there. In other words ... Read full review

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Bancroft's very first book, from 1992! Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor explores the Len Bias tragedy. By C. Fraser Smith. Read full review

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Contents

Dreams
1
Crisis
18
A Rose
31
Role Model
60
AllWorld
80
Filling The Field House
109
Low Point
133
Joining The Lynch Mob
150
Isolated Incidents
241
Basketball Uber Alles
256
Project Survival
268
Linchpin
287
Full Circle
298
Appendix A Len Biass Career Statistics
309
Appendix B Chronology of Events
311
Notes
315

Outcasts
179
A Good Contract
202
Sack Slaughter
223

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About the author (1992)

C. Fraser Smith writes a column for the Baltimore Sun and serves as a political analyst for Baltimore's National Public Radio station, WYPR. He is the author of William Donald Schaefer: A Political Biography, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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