It hurts a bit, but he's being pretty honest here.
Dixon's choice of TCU as a landing spot is curious given the far more attractive opportunities from which he retreated in recent years: Maryland, Oregon, Southern California. All were better situations at the time. Dixon, truthfully, is accepting one of the least appealing high-major jobs.
He is desperately wanted at his alma mater, however, and that has to be a good feeling at the moment. TCU may be a basketball wasteland, but it is located in a lovely region of the country in which the enormous payday the school is providing him will afford an attractive lifestyle.
Jon Rothstein and his colleague Gary Parrish were on this thing from the start. One of the key narratives is that Dixon played for TCU in the mid-80s.
Dixon played at TCU from 1984-87. The 50-year-old coach has led the Panthers to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in 13 years at Pitt.
Pitt's new AD Scott Barnes said the change was a product of several conversations, after which it became clear which way Dixon was leaning.
"We all knew that job was open, so it wasn't a surprise," Barnes said. "As we went through the process, we learned there was a very small window of opportunity and wasn't sure he was going to have an opportunity to take later, and his heart and his head was moving that way."
Dixon noted that it was a fresh start for him. It'll also be a fresh start for a TCU program that has been struggling mightily to put a winning product on the court.
"I was 17 years at Pitt. That is a long, long time in today’s game," Dixon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "TCU was a great opportunity for me to get a fresh start."
We didn't make the list, but several DMN staffers did. /sad face
Here is a taste of the national reaction to the hire for TCU.
A pretty good point from the ol' Mac. TCU fans need to figure out what kind of expectations are appropriate, and celebrate Dixon's return.
No one at TCU should expect Jamie Dixon to turn the Horned Frogs into a national contender. If he does what he did at Pitt, the statue will come and so, too, will a tradition that merits celebration.
It's a hard job for anyone. Is Dixon the man for the job? We'll find out soon enough.
Even with the $72 million renovation of Schollmaier Arena and a location in a strong recruiting area, TCU men’s basketball is a hard sell. Dixon took Pitt to 11 NCAA tournaments in 13 seasons. The Horned Frogs have made exactly seven NCAA tournaments in their history, most recently in 1998 under Billy Tubbs.
Michael Landestoy has been the ideal teammate since donning a TCU jersey, and now he's finally showing what he can do on the diamond.
TCU first baseman Michael Landestoy had no hits and one RBI last season in 16 games. He has nine hits and nine RBIs this season in 12 games.