But none of them did as much as Dixon, who made grown men cry in the stands of the Georgia Dome after leading Maryland past Indiana in 2002. According to those who know Dixon, there's not a week that goes by without a total strranger walking up to him and saying, "Thanks."
Dixon's No. 3 is arguably the most iconic number in modern Maryland history. Hundreds, if not thousands, of kids chose it for their rec basketball teams. I know this firsthand, since my younger son wore it for years on his basketball and soccer uniforms.
I can understand how Turgeon might not fully understand what Dixon means to Maryland, since he came to College Park nearly a decade after the championship. I also know that Turgeon is doing his best to embrace Maryland's past, as evidenced by the move to Cole Field House for Maryland Madness.
But a big part of that past happened nearly a dozen years ago in Atlanta.
What does a 63-0 loss do for a team's recruiting efforts?
Jonas Shaffer: It's not nearly as helpful as a 63-0 win, I can tell you that much. But then, you already knew that. It's common sense: You win, recruits take notice. You lose, recruits lose interest.
But how much does a shellacking, even a historic one, actually matter to high school seniors? At this stage in the cycle, I think it's easy to overstate just how much a rout can rejigger a recruitment.
Consider: Blue-chip offensive line target Damian Prince probably first heard from the Terps during or after their 2-10 2011 season. Then he probably heard from them more after their 4-8 2012 season. He certainly was also hearing from blue bloods that had just won more league games in a single season than Randy Edsall had total victories in his first two years.
No matter. It is October 2013, and the Terps are firmly in contention for Prince, just as they are for big-time defensive back target Jalen Tabor. They are there because of the relationships they have cultivated with each.
If, say, Mike Locksley tells Prince that it's going to be all right, even after Saturday's loss at Florida State indicated just the opposite, you have to believe Prince will listen. When players commit to a school, they are also pledging to a recruiter who has laid before them a carefully manicured idea of how their next four or five years of college will go. One game doesn't often change a paradigm.
There are other considerations, of course. Just as recruits target schools with stability in their coaching staff, so, too, do coaching staffs target recruits with stability in their interest. To me, it says more about a player than a game's impact if one day he's smitten with the idea of attending a school, then the next is repulsed by the notion of going there. Talent can get you only so far with a mindset like that.