The same very close Jamie Dixon confidante that tells me every year that Dixon is going nowhere, texted me late last night with the sentence "this time he could go".
When I asked if it was it "the ACC thing? His dad? Money? All of the above?", he replied with "What did you leave out? Declining attendance, etc.". I then asked if Pitt was considered a great job in college basketball and he said "Good/very good job...not great". This is in line with what others in the college basketball world have told me.
I asked if Ben Howland or Sean Miller would be interested. He replied "Howland would have to under the situation. I hear Miller wants no part of it". Later he said "I hear Miller isn't too excited about it". I still think Miller and his family want to move back east, and there's always an outside chance, but I appear to be the only one that thinks that.
He then went on to say "you end up with a (Robert Morris head coach Andy) Toole or a (Bucknell head coach Dave" Paulsen type". Then he said a "Herb Sendek type" or Seth Greenberg type". Notice he said type, and not those actual coaches. Meaning a young hotshot from a smaller program or a good, but not high profile, veteran.
Bottom line, Dixon leaving is a very real possibility this time, and the only real slam dunk choice to replace him may be Howland, though you never know when you will hit the jackpot with a young up and comer. And let's not forget that even somebody this close to Dixon doesn't know everything in his his head. But the chance that it could happen is very real this time.