Longtime Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon has accepted an offer from Texas Christian to succeed Trent Johnson as their next men’s basketball coach, according to a tweet from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported this morning that TCU was offering Dixon $6.2 million a year, double what he makes at Pitt, so it’s easy to see why Dixon accepted the job from a financial standpoint. From a more sentimental perspective, Dixon played his college ball for the Horned Frogs. Since he knows the school and its culture, it’s no wonder that he would want to accept the job.
But it’s also worth noting that though Dixon has gone 328-123 in 13 years at Pitt, his tough defensive teams have struggled in the fast-paced ACC. Pitt is just 66-37 (28-26 ACC) since making the move from the old Big East in 2013 and has only advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice under Dixon’s watch.
That all being said, Jamie Dixon’s system could wind up being a much better fit in the moderately-paced Big 12 and his presence should immediately make TCU a more attractive destination to potential recruits. Given how the Horned Frogs haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1998, this is a great hire for TCU and fans should be excited.
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