Coaches Plan to Rally Around Lewis' Hall of Fame Bid

July 23, 2002

HOUSTON -- Some current and former college basketball coaches will be in Houston on Sept. 23 to try to build support to get former University of Houston basketball coach Guy Lewis in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Among the coaches expected are Texas Tech's Bobby Knight, Utah coach Rick Majerus, former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson and former Texas-El Paso coach Don Haskins, Houston television station KRIV reported Tuesday.

Lewis, who coached Houston basketball for 30 years, had winning seasons 27 times.

''I cannot believe that after all the years and things this man has done for college basketball that he is not a Hall of Famer, it blows my mind,'' Richardson told KRIV.

The Sept. 23 event is being hosted by the Houston Athletic Committee.

''Those guys are recognized as some of the very greatest and when they show up for something like this I think it makes a very powerful statement that they recognize that Guy V. Lewis belongs in their company and they want to do everything they can to see that he gets there,'' said Sonny Sowell, Houston Athletic Committee president.

Lewis, who is 80 and recovering from a stroke he suffered in February, said the support means a great deal.

Lewis has been nominated a number of times, but his name was put on the Hall of Fame ballot only once. That was in 1995 and he didn't get enough votes.

He is now under consideration for induction by the veterans committee of the Hall of Fame, based in Springfield, Mass. That committee can induct one person each year.