Though the announcement won't come until Monday, it was been fairly widely leaked that legendary University of Houston men's basketball coach Guy V. Lewis has finally been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, 2013 class. Lewis had been removed from the ballot for four years for lack of support, a condition of the Hall's by-laws.
Lewis won 592 games in his career with winning records in 27 consecutive seasons. He took his teams to 14 NCAA tournaments and to the Final Four five times. Players like Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler played under Lewis at UH, the latter two as part of the famed Phi Slama Jama teams of the early '80s.
Unfortunately, despite his massive accomplishments, Lewis was best known for his loss to upstart NC State and their charismatic coach Jim Valvano in the 1983 NCAA title game -- ironically, 30 years ago Thursday, when the news was leaked. The following season, Lewis and the Cougars were bested by Georgetown. Both Valvano and Georgetown coach John Thompson are in the Hall along with a bunch of guys less deserving than Lewis. He was long, long overdue.
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