Tim Corbin is looking forward to seeing Don Meyer sometime Sunday, either before or after Corbin’s Vanderbilt baseball team concludes a three-game series against Mississippi State.
The Commodores’ coach also is hopeful that his players will get to hear what college basketball’s all-time winningest coach has to say.
“I know he’s going to be pulled in so many different directions,” Corbin said. “I’d love to have him talk to my kids. There’s just so many things he could say to them.”
Meyer is scheduled to visit Middle Tennessee this weekend and early next week in conjunction with The Inaugural Don Meyer Evening of Excellence, a fund-raising event for Lipscomb University (7:30 p.m., Tuesday).
Corbin said he has been friends with Meyer for about six years, and the former was in Aberdeen, S.D., in January when Meyer won his 903rd career contest, one more than Bob Knight.
“I had that trip planned in advance, and when I realized it was going to be when he had a chance to win that game I told him I wasn’t going to come,” Corbin said. “He said, ‘No, I want you here.’ I stayed at his house.
“It was really special.”
More than two-thirds of Meyers’ victories came from 1975-76 through 1998-99, when he was coach at Lipscomb. For the past 10 seasons he has been the coach at Northern State (S.D.).
He became an even more inspirational figure last fall when he survived a horrific automobile accident, which led to his left leg being amputated above the knee.
Meyer said he plans to attend Vanderbilt’s baseball game on Sunday but was not sure whether or not he will have the opportunity to address the team.
“I’m going to be doing a clinic in Texas all day Saturday,” Meyer said. “Then we’re going fly to Nashville on Sunday … and I’m going to go over to watch Vanderbilt and spend the afternoon there.”
More on Don Meyer and his upcoming appearance at Lipscomb in Monday’s print edition of The City Paper.