Dixon turns down suitors, keeps Pitt poised for more success

Originally Published: May 9, 2008
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Jamie Dixon was in a terrible state. His younger sister Maggie, clinging to life, lay in a New York hospital after collapsing.

Dixon's immediate family -- his wife Jackie and two young children -- were back in Pittsburgh. He needed them by his side to say goodbye to Maggie before she died from a heart ailment.

Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg didn't hesitate. He called around, desperate to find a plane to get Jackie and the kids at Jamie's side.

"Here was a ...

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