Don Meyer Classic, which will honor the former Lipscomb coach, on Tuesday, Nov. 9 on ESPNU, the network announced Thursday.
Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson said his school was approached by ESPN about the game first, but the Bisons couldn't host the game because of other contract obligations.
Meyer retired as head coach of Northern State following the 2009-10 season as the all-time NCAA wins leader in men’s basketball with 923.
Meyer, who was awarded the Jimmy V Award For Perseverance at the 2009 ESPY Awards for his courage in returning to coaching following a Sept. 2008 car crash that cost him his left leg as well as his example battling through cancer of the liver and intestines, and most recently received the 2010 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for significant contributions to the sport., is an extremely respected figure in Nashville having directed Lipscomb men’s basketball from 1975-99.
That is where Meyer and Belmont men’s basketball head coach Rick Byrd formed a lifelong friendship and mutual respect, taking the ‘Battle of the Boulevard’ rivalry between Belmont and Lipscomb to new heights. Both men led their respective programs to the top of NAIA basketball, with Boulevard games becoming ‘must attend’ events.
“It is a privilege to be the host for the Don Meyer Classic,” Byrd said. “Don has influenced basketball more in the state of Tennessee than any coach I know. Our ‘Battle of the Boulevard’ games were certainly the most intense games I have ever coached in. For Belmont to play a part in honoring Don Meyer for his accomplishments and his courage, as well as hosting a nationally-televised game on ESPNU against Northern State, makes this a big night for our university.”