"I was surprised and disappointed to learn that I was not elected to the Naismaith Hall of Fame," Driesell said in a statement following the Hall of Fame announcement. "Basketball was my life for more than 50 years. I gave it everything I had. I could recount the wins and awards, but that information is available for all to see. I think my record speaks for itself."
Georgia State basketball coach Lefty Driesell speaks during a news conference to announce his retirement Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 in Atlanta.