Maryland Terrapins fans will always remember Juan Dixon as the player that helped deliver them a National Championship in 2002.
They may also remember his backstory of tragedy shared so many times by the media during Maryland's NCAA Tournament run: Both Dixon's mother and father had died of complications from AIDS before he turned 17. It was his older brother Phil who played the parental role, cheering from the stands at every game.
That was reality for Dixon and nearly every person watching him except for a Baltimore man named Bruce Flanigan. That's because Flanigan knew instantly at seeing Dixon's face that the Maryland star was his son.
Now 38, Dixon shared the story of discovering his biological father in the upcoming episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, airing March 21 at 10:00 p.m.
The reunion only happened a year ago. That it happened at all is thanks to Flanigan's mother, who finally couldn't stop herself from boasting about her grandson. Word of her claim spread around the Baltimore community quickly until it reached Dixon.
He insisted on arranging a meeting immediately and knew at first sight that Flanigan was his father.
Flanigan said hadn't wanted to interfere with or appear to take credit for the success of a son he hadn't raised. But when confronted by Dixon, he was forced to re-evaluate the decision he made years ago to keep quiet.
Dixon and his father now have a close relationship, but it has come at the expense of another core bond. Dixon's older brother Phil no longer speaks to him.
But the Maryland star, now head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of the District of Columbia, has a father and grandmother cheering for him in the stands. He just hopes to add his brother to the mix someday soon.
Hear Dixon and Flanigan tell the story in their own words when the episode airs on March 21 at 10:00 p.m. on HBO.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.
Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.
McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.
After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.
In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."
He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."
Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business.
In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins.
The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic.
Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April.
At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff.
Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark.
In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist.
The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.