TCU close to deal with Dixon, sources say

first_imgFacebook Twitter Previous articleStudent campaign honors student veterans at TCUNext articleEaster Bunny comes early for TCU alumni and families Grant McGalliard RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Pittsburgh head coach and former Horned Frog Jamie Dixon may be returning to Fort Worth soon. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Phi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissal printFor the second Sunday night in a row, TCU basketball is making news.Last Sunday, around 11:30 p.m., news broke that TCU had fired head coach Trent Johnson after a four-year stint with the team.Last night, rumors started swirling that the Frogs have found his replacement.Jamie Dixon, the current head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers, is rumored to be in the closing stages of a deal with TCU to become the new head coach.Dixon played at TCU from 1984-1987 before embarking on a short minor-league basketball career. He has been the coach at Pittsburgh since 2003 and was the Naismith Coach of the Year in 2009.He was rumored to be on the short list for the position immediately after Johnson was fired, but because Pittsburgh is a perennial NCAA Tournament team, many believed that Dixon would not leave a more successful program for Fort Worth.CBS first reported that Dixon was in contract talks with TCU on Sunday afternoon, just two days after Pittsburgh was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday night that an announcement naming Dixon as the new head coach could be made as early as Monday or Tuesday. Dixon’s contract with Pittsburgh runs until 2023, and his buyout clause is around $10 million, the Star-Telegram reported. He currently earns $3.2 million per year. Still, it’s important to note that all of these reports come without official word from TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte.While nothing is certain, the hire would be an impressive accomplishment for a basketball program that has struggled over the past few seasons. Dixon’s name brings credibility, and his resume could boost recruiting.At the very least, he’s made for another entertaining Sunday night for TCU basketball fans. Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. Grant McGalliard TCU students receive evacuation text by mistake Grant McGalliard Linkedin Grant McGalliard TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct Dixon reflects on miracle buzzer beater against Texas in 1986 Twitter + posts Grant McGalliard Grant McGalliard Facebook ReddIt Linkedin TCU sees season end in miserable fashion at Big 12 tournament ‘We’ve got to be better’: Dixon disappointed with TCU’s 20-point loss in Lubbocklast_img

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