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Friday, December 17, 2010A crowd of nearly 250 people attended the newly renovated McQuiddy Gymnasium on Friday as the Lipscomb Athletic Department held a luncheon with former legendary basketball coach Don Meyer and ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The luncheon was the first of two book signings for Olney’s book “How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer” this weekend.
Lipscomb Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson emceed the event as he asked Meyer questions about how the book came about and what advice he had for the Bison and Lady Bison basketball teams that were in attendance.
The last 20 minutes of the luncheon was used as a “Question and Answer” time for the audience to ask Coach Meyer and Olney any questions they might have had.
Following the luncheon, Meyer and Olney stayed in the gym for seven hours, signing every book that was sold at the luncheon or pre-sold on Lipscombsports.com.
The response of Olney’s book about Coach Meyer has been extremely positive around the nation, as the book is already in its fifth printing since being released on Nov. 9. Some businesses and individuals have purchased over 100 copies of the book already.
It was only fitting that the book signing and luncheon was the first event held in the newly renovated McQuiddy Gym, the home facility which Meyer led the Bisons to 665 wins in 24 seasons (1975-1999) at the helm. Meyer led the Bisons to 13 NAIA postseason tournaments, including the 1986 National Championship. Meyer recently retired from Northern State University as the winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA history.
The long-time Lipscomb coach, was involved in a serious car accident in September 2008 in which he lost one of his legs and doctors subsequently discovered cancer in his liver and intestines during emergency surgery.
Those interested in purchasing a copy of the book, the Lipscomb Bookstore will be selling copies of the book at tomorrow’s doubleheader game against Kennesaw State for $22 including tax. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Meyer and Olney will be signing books from 5-8 p.m. Saturday night in the Hall of Fame Room in Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons (4-4) are scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. with the men (6-2) to follow in the nightcap, beginning approximately at 8:15 p.m. Fans that buy or bring copies of the book to be signed will be admitted to the game for free along with their families/friends.
Click here to see photos from Friday's luncheon and book signing.
About the Author: Buster Olney is a columnist for ESPN: The Magazine and ESPN.com. He is a regular analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. Olney began his career at the Nashville Banner where he formed a close relationship with Meyer. The highly acclaimed author also wrote “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, a New York Times Bestseller.
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