Len Bias, one the greatest players in Maryland basketball history, will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.
School officials announced Monday that Bias, a two-time ACC player of the year, will join the athletics Hall of Fame after years of debate regarding his nomination. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Hall of Fame bylaws deny anyone who brought "any embarrassment or disrepute" to the school.
Former Maryland football star Kevin Glover -- executive director of the M Club, which oversees the selection process -- said it came down to the committee looking more at what the 6-foot-8 power forward did on the court than what happened to him on the last night of his life in his campus dormitory.
“I just think the selection committee took a lot of time and effort to look at his stats, to look at his accomplishments while he was here as a student-athlete and we just felt like the time was right,” said Glover, who graduated a year before Bias died and is now working in the athletic department.
“We all know it's a very sensitive issue, a lot of changes were made to the university back in the day because of this situation. Once we discussed it and the votes came in, we decided it was time to move forward and honor one of our greatest student-athletes ever.”
Bias will be inducted in October, along with former football player Charlie Wysocki; former football and track and field star Edward G. Cooke; men's lacrosse player Bob Boneillo; field hockey and women's lacrosse player Maureen “Bean” Scott Dupcak; women's lacrosse player Alex Kahoe; women's basketball player Debbie Lytle; and athletic trainer Sandy Worth..
The Baltimore Sun also reached out to former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell, who called Bias death from a cocaine overdose in 1986 -- two days after he was the second overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics -- a "tragic accident" and added that his Hall of Fame induction was "a long time coming."
Len's mother, Dr. Lonise Bias -- who will likely be asked to accept the honor on her son's behalf -- has since his death become a motivational speaker and CEO/President of the Bias Speaks Community, in Prince Georges County, M.D..