Jamie Dixon has accepted the head coaching position at TCU, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com.
Dixon has been the head coach of the Pitt Panthers for the past 13 seasons. He took the program over from Ben Howland in 2003 after working as an assistant for four years. Dixon is a TCU alum, which makes him a nice fit with a program that is probably a better job than some realize.
The program has a new arena, an Athletic Director that is beloved and rich boosters. The key for Dixon is going to be hiring someone that can navigate the Texas recruiting waters, specifically the Dallas area, where TCU is located.
It will be interesting to see the next move that Pitt makes. They have to call both Sean and Archie Miller — Pittsburgh natives, and Sean played for the Panthers — but there are few in the industry that believe either would take the job. They might have a shot at landing Archie, but he’s in a position where it wouldn’t make sense for him to jump to Pitt, which may not be a top half-of-the-ACC job anymore.
The names that have come up in discussions with sources in the coaching industry: Ben Howland, the former Pitt head coach who is now at Mississippi State; Matt Driscoll, a Pittsburgh native that has helped build North Florida into a mid-major power; current Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings.
Pitt is going to be a weird job to fill, and it will be quite interesting to see who they target.