Jamie Dixon Signs 5-Year Deal to Coach Oregon Ducks

They Gave Him an Offer He Couldn't Refuse, Jamie Dixon Is Heading West to Coach Against His Mentor

4/1/10 in NCAABB   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Jamie Dixon has built quite a successful D-1 basketball program at the University of Pittsburgh.  While he hasn't been to the Final Four yet (hey it took Jim Boeheim 10 years to get past the Sweet 16!), he's continued what Ben Howland began in 1998.  Since becoming the Pitt head coach in 2002, he's won at least 20 games every year, made the tournament every year, and turned what used to be a Penn State-esque college hoops program into one of the premier programs in the country.  Every year his name surfaces when jobs open because of how he's kept up the success at Pitt.  This time, the Oregon Ducks were heavily pursuing him.  They have a brand new arena, and were offering a tremendous deal, and one he just couldn't pass up.  Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson was also trying to offer him a contract extension, but that deal in Oregon was just too good!  He has signed a 5-year multi-million dollar deal to coach the Ducks, and he'll now be coaching against his mentor and former boss, Ben Howland, who has been at UCLA since leaving Pitt back in 2002.  I'm really going to miss Jamie.  I just hope his successor can have the same success he had during his 9-year tenure at Pitt.  Happy trails, Jamie, and good luck out there!
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9/15/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

CLake98 wrote:
Kramer, what are you smoking?  Who in their right mind would voluntarily move to Eugene Oregon?  You'd better stick to raiding Seinfeld's fridge and hanging with Newman.  You are officially the Minister of DISinformation!

Chill out big guy, you might want to check the date I wrote this.  It was April 1, aka April Fool's Day.  That should explain my reason for writing this article.

9/15/10   |   CLake98

Kramer, what are you smoking?  Who in their right mind would voluntarily move to Eugene Oregon?  You'd better stick to raiding Seinfeld's fridge and hanging with Newman.  You are officially the Minister of DISinformation!

4/2/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Hmm... this one got me I must admit. Dixon is a west coast guy, he coached under Ben Howland at NAU and I always thought it would just be a matter of time before he joined Howland out west somewhere. I would have loved to see Dixon and Howland going head to head in the pac 10.

4/1/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
April Fools! Dixon just re-signed with Pitt

I knew there was some speculation, but yes, he signed a 2-year extension with Pitt yesterday.  That's precisely why I put this article up this morning.

4/1/10   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

April Fools! Dixon just re-signed with Pitt

4/1/10   |   joeymac02   |   2 respect

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I wouldn't mind if that happened

4/1/10   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

I can imagine Daffy Duck, and Donald Duck, jumping out of their seats when they heard that Dixon's coming.

4/1/10   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

Wow, that's to bad for Pitt, Dixon re-vitalized the Panther program into one of the best in college hoops. The Ducks will be quacking loudly in a few years.