Maryland Madness is less than a week away and excitement is certainly building toward the event and the basketball season.
Mark Turgeon continues to do a terrific job of trying to embrace the tradition of Maryland basketball, moving the event to Cole Field House this year and trying to bring back as many former players and coaches for the event as possible.
The one former player still alive that Maryland fans adore the most is Juan Dixon, and he happens to be in the area with nothing else to do. However, it sounds like Dixon will not be in attendance.
Dixon is upset with Turgeon and the program in general for asking him if freshman Roddy Peters could wear the No. 3 on his jersey.
Maryland honors former greats by putting their jerseys in the rafters but does not retire their numbers. However, Gary Williams told Dixon that he would not allow any player to wear the No. 3 ever again.
Obviously, the program is now in the hands of Turgeon and he would not have been aware of Williams' pledge to Dixon.
Dixon initially went along with Turgeon and Peters' request, but called back the coach later and told him he changed his mind. The former Terps star told Turgeon that the number meant a lot to Dixon, his family and the community and he felt it would be best if it was never worn again.
There are other rumors floating around out there that point to Dixon being unhappy with Turgeon and the program. One rumor regards a spat that occurred when Dixon attended a practice and got into it with Pe'Shon Howard. There is also some thought that Dixon may be trying to get into coaching, but Turgeon hasn't show any interest in hiring him.
Dixon happens to be my favorite Terp of all-time, but he comes off looking really petty and insecure. He comes off as a guy fighting to stay in the spotlight and remain relevant now that his basketball career is over and he has somewhat lost his identity.
If the program's policy is not to retire jersey numbers, then that should apply to all players. Making exceptions for certain players is how situations like this spiral out of control.
Here's to hoping Dixon sees the error of his ways and shows up for Maryland Madness. Fans would love to see him, and it would be great to see Dixon embrace this new era of Maryland basketball.