It's spring, and Juan Dixon is zooming on the Jones Falls Expressway when he sees a billboard with his grinning face, right next to a message that reads: "Welcome Coach Juan Dixon/Coppin Takes Big Shots."
"You come around 83, that thing smacks you in the face, right?" he says with a smile, seated in a conference room overlooking his new home court on Coppin's campus. "I'm blessed, man. Things come full circle, you know?"
The billboard might as well say "welcome home."
Dixon, a West Baltimore native, was tapped this spring to lead Coppin State University's men's basketball program. And the realization isn't lost...