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Graduate assistant Alex D'Alessio sets out meals for players such as Bruno Fernando, right, before a recent trip. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post). In all college basketball games, there are timeouts. During every timeout, there’s a coach. And in that coach’s hand, there’s often a dry-erase marker. You might not remember Maryland’s loss last season at Penn State — let alone a specific timeout that night. But for Alex D’Alessio, the Terrapins’ head manager at the time, those few minutes serve as a lesson to all future inhabitants of the bench’s second row. With a few minutes left in a close game, Mark Turgeon’s marker broke during a timeout. Jordan Sligh, another manager, quickly hand... Full story

19 February