The TCU's men's basketball team pivoted quickly after firing Trent Johnson on March 14, reportedly hiring Pittsburgh head man Jamie Dixon on Monday.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Dixon's decision to hop to the Horned Frogs. Johnson coached for four seasons with TCU, never had a winning season and recorded just eight wins in the Big 12.
Dixon was first linked to TCU on Sunday, with a source telling CBS Sports' Gary Parrish on Sunday that TCU officials had "zeroed in" on Dixon.
Dixon just completed his 13th season with the Panthers, which ended in a low-scoring first-round loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament. Under Dixon, Pitt has put up a 328-123 record and has made the Big Dance in 11 of those 13 seasons.
TCU, on the other hand, has not made the NCAA tournament since 1998.
In 2013, Dixon signed a 10-year contract extension through 2023 with Pittsburgh and said in a statement that he wanted to finish his career at the school, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pitt and Pittsburgh are home. My family and I feel blessed to be part of such a great institution and wonderful city. It is the people who truly make a place special. I could not be surrounded by better players, staff and administration. These aren't just people I work for and with every day. They're friends and I'm very thankful for that.
Yet on Sunday, Parrish reported that his source said TCU would "make the money right" to ensure that Dixon wouldn't have to take a pay cut to switch schools.
Dixon is also an alumnus of TCU, where he played on the basketball team from 1984-87. So if there is a school that could pull him away from Pitt, his alma mater would be it. That's good news for TCU as it hopes to turn its program around.
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