On the heels of being one and done in the NCAA tournament, Pitt basketball head coach Jamie Dixon has signed a 10 year contract extension that runs through the 2022-2023 season. Here’s what Athletic director Steve Pederson said of Dixon’s extension: “Very few programs can match the sustained success that Pitt basketball has achieved during the past decade under Jamie Dixon,” Pederson said. “As we move forward as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, our future has never been brighter or provided more opportunity. In order to maintain and build upon our past success, it was important to our university and athletic department that we make a strong long-term commitment to Jamie. He has been far more than a basketball coach at Pitt and we are fortunate to have such a high-caliber person representing our university. I look forward to continuing to work with Jamie as he leads ourRead More »
Jamie Dixon’s people are notorious for leaking his name out there for various head coaching positions (he doesn’t have interest in) but this time around they are not the ones who have been behind the Dixon to Maryland chatter. Sources close to Dixon on Saturday night refuted a report that Dixon met with Maryland AD Kevin Anderson in Las Vegas to discuss Maryland’s head coaching position. While Anderson was in Vegas meeting with Arizona’s Sean Miller (declined the job) who like Dixon was hosting a basketball clinic, no such meeting between Anderson and Dixon took place. Dixon as expected has shown no interest in the job and will return to Pitt for next season. On Saturday Dixon received some good news for next season when shooting guard Ashton Gibbs announced on Saturday night that he will return for his senior season.
The Pittsburgh Panthers (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) can put a check mark on their first goal this season. Nasir Robinson scored 18 points and Ashton Gibbs added 16 points Wednesday night as the Panthers overcame a slow start and rolled to a 66-50 victory over South Florida, clinching at least a share of the Big East League Title. Pitt trailed by 3 points at half but pulled away to a double-digit win. “It’s the toughest conference in the country, and we’re the champs of it. That’s a pretty good accomplishment,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “It’s a conference that’s going to have 11 NCAA bids, we believe. Nobody has been champion of a conference with 11 NCAA bids,” Dixon added. “It’s a first-time thing. … That puts it in perspective right there. You’ve got to beat a lot of good people, and no one’s had to beat asRead More »
The No. 16 Pittsburgh Panthers put together another impressive road victory Wednesday night, defeating No. 15 Connecticut 67-57. The Panthers (14-2) won for the seventh straight time and improved their record to 4-0 in the Big East. After a nine day layoff between games, following two key road wins against Syracuse and Cincinnati, Pittsburgh didn’t lose any of their momentum. Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs each scored 19 points and the young Panthers have a swagger about them. Pittsburgh dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Connecticut 40-31, including 26-13 in the second half. “We out rebounded them by 13 in second half, and clearly that was the difference, ” head coach Jamie Dixon said. Pitt is playing Jamie Dixon type of basketball in the defensive end and on the boards but are playing more of an up-tempo style in the offensive zone that suits the athleticism they have on the outside.Read More »
Jamie Dixon seems to get mentioned for any head coaching vacancy that opens up on the west coast. Dixon didn’t have any interest in Arizona but Southern Cal is expected to show significant interest and it’s being speculated that Dixon will be interested as it would be put him in the L.A. area near his parents and sister, and his wife would be going back to her alma mater. College Basketball Insider Andy Katz reports the latest
The Pitt Panthers Men‚Äôs basketball team has been picked third in the 2008-09 Big East men’s basketball preseason poll. Connecticut, with nine first-place votes, is the pre-season favorite, followed by Louisville (3 first-place votes). Pitt received three first-place votes, and fourth-place Notre Dame received the other first-place vote. Villinova is picked to finish 5th. West Virginia is picked to finish ninth after losing standout Joe Alexander to the NBA. Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody was picked as the conference’s preseason player of the year. Pitt‚Äôs Sam Young was a unanimous selection on the preseason All-Big East team. Young and Harangody were the only two players to be unanimous selections
Pitt Men‚Äôs Basketball coach Jamie Dixon is expected to sign a¬†three year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2015-2016 season. Dixon entering his 6th season as head coach had led the Panthers to 5 consecutive NCAA tournaments. The Panthers have called a press conference this morning to announce the extension. Post-Gazette