At the far end of a display of University of Maryland athletic greats in the Comcast Center in College Park stands a life-size image of Len Bias.
The basketball legend is flashing victory signs with both hands. Inside the arena, the home court for the school’s basketball teams, Bias’s No. 34 hangs from the rafters along with banners for 15 other standout players.
But Bias, a two-time all-American and the only Maryland basketball player to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year award twice, has not been elected to the University of Maryland’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Now, 25 years after his tragic death, it’s time for him to receive that honor.
Bias meets all the criteria for election based on what he did on the court. There is no doubt that he demonstrated “superior athletic achievements . . . which brought considerable fame to the University and the individual,” as the qualifications state. He has been excluded, however, because of this rule: “Nominees must have good character and reputation, and not have been a source of embarrassment in any way to the University.”