Pittsburgh Panthers extend coach Jamie Dixon’s contract

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Jamie Dixon have agreed on a 10-year contract Saturday that will have him coaching until the 2022-2023 season.

The contract given to Dixon was a response to the University of Southern California chasing after the coach for its open position.

Dixon has signed five extensions with the Panthers in his 10 years with the team and is hoping for the best in the next extension, according to the Associated Press.

“I thought the eight-year one would have done that but that didn’t do it,” Dixon said with a laugh. “I don’t know that 10 will do it, either.”

In Dixon’s 10 years coaching the Panthers, he is 262-86 and has the highest winning percentage among the coaches in the Big East. The Panthers went 24-9 this season but got bounced out of the NCAA tournament by Wichita State in a 73-55 loss.

Though the loss to Wichita State is the worst one that the Panthers have suffered in 20 years, Dixon is positive that the team will continue to strive.

The Panthers lose two players to graduation but have a promising player in the country in freshman center Steven Adams.

In a press release by the University of Pittsburgh, Dixon says that he would like to finish his career with the Panthers.

“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,” Dixon said in  the press release.