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Jamie Dixon Signs 5-Year Deal to Coach Oregon Ducks
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!