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Dalonte Hill’s resignation allows Maryland to move on with shuffled staff and Juan Dixon

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Dalonte Hill (left) and Mark Turgeon (Getty Images)

A little more than a month after his third DUI arrest since 2008 Maryland assistant coach Dalonte Hill resigned and will be replaced by director of basketball operations Dustin Clark.

The school also announced former star guard Juan Dixon is returning to the program to serve as a special assistant to Turgeon.

The move is probably best for all involved. It was difficult to see a scenario in which Turgeon could realistically retain Hill on his staff with such a history of poor decision making.

From purely a basketball perspective, this is a blow to the program because it loses Hill's recruiting prowess and connections, especially those in nearby Washington D.C. The Terps had made inroads in the nation's capital since Turgeon hired Hill.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see Hill end up elsewhere in the college game either next offseason or perhaps further down the road simply because of his ability to bring top talent to a program.

Perhaps Turgeon's long-range plan is to groom Dixon to step into an assistant coach/recruiter role in the future. Dixon's name obviously commands attention and he doesn't have the baggage Hill brought to the table, not to mention he's an icon in the history of Maryland basketball.

"Juan's diverse experience playing professionally in the NBA combined with his passion for Maryland basketball makes him a very strong addition to our program," Turgeon said in a statement.

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Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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