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Jamie Dixon Finalist For Skip Prosser Man Of The Year Award

After being named by the Sporting News as college basketball's Coach of the Year, Jamie Dixon could be receiving another honor - he's been named as a finalist for the 2011 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.

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Prosser was the Wake Forest head coach that died of a sudden heart attack at the young age of 56. Somewhat ironically, he was also one of Pitt's main choices to replace Ben Howland, who left Pitt to head to UCLA several years ago. After weighing his decision, Prosser (a Western Pennsylvania native) stayed at Wake Forest. Pitt then hired Jamie Dixon and the rest is history.

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The award is given to honor those with success in basketball with integrity off the court. There are 16 finalists and Prosser's son says all are worthy:

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"It’s an outstanding group of sixteen finalists," said Mark Prosser, son of the late Skip Prosser. "Each coach has done a first class job with his program and each would be a fine recipient of the award."

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Here's the full list of finalists. A winner will be chosen on April 1 at a banquet in Houston, where the NCAA Final Four is being held.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.