Random thoughts on the Pitt football and basketball programs
Great 10 more years of flopping in the tournament.
10 more years of mediocre!!I was hoping he would leave.
Joe, "mediocre" means average or if you want to go back to the Latin, it refers to the medium point. For instance, here's a scale most reasonable people would agree with:PoorBelow averageAverage (Mediocre)Above AverageOutstandingNow, if you want to argue that Pitt and Dixon are average, you are simply wrong. The stats prove that. We can debate if they have ever been outstanding at times (I think they have), but I am guessing that most reasonable people agree that they have been above average for an extended period of time. Most reasonable people will also agree that they have had challenges in the tournament, which no way makes them - or Dixon - mediocre. But in being above average over long periods of time, they are flirting with the top end of the scale.Lets take your post and apply the proper evaluation:"10 more years of above average, flirting occasionally with outstanding!!I was hoping he would leave."See, now doesn't that sound more accurate?
Actually an argument can be made for Dixon being mediocre if you just want to look at the record. He's way above average in the regular season and below to way below average in March...you know, when it counts. That figures to average IMO.I don't mind the move if Pitt has buyout clause in the contract for when another school comes calling. The trouble with this is if Dixon continues to bomb out in March it will hurt recruiting and Pitt could well turn into Wake Forest long before the contract ends. Pitt will be stuck with Dixon...but if Dixon wants to leave next year or the later for a better job somewhere, he's personally free to leave. He would never have signed it if that weren't so.
Joe D, who would you hire who is a legitimate option?
My definition of mediocre in college basketball is not making the Tournament.So with that standard in mind, if the Pitt program is truly mediocre, name 64 other PROGRAMS, whom over the past 10 years, you would say are stronger than Pitt's.This ought to be interesting......
Joe L.. you are correct.Matt...I think Pitt is in the position to step up to the next level and Dixon is not going to bring Pitt there...He won't get there because he can recruit enough top flight players.... and he can't recruit because of his style of play. So its a vicious cycle.Did you notice UCLA fired Howland... 3 trips to final 4.. and he went 25-9 this year!!! 230-105 in 10 years at UCLA..That is what elite programs do!!!
How about this?"Ten more years of above average, flirting occasionally with debacle!"Now that's sounds accurate and a bit more contemporary. PittofDreams
Joe D, still waiting for names.
What happens if he has a couple more bad years? We are stuck with him. I wish I had a job where I could fail to meet expectations and get a raise...
Chris, what about your source telling you otherwise the night before the game? I am glad we signed him but do you think it was a ploy to get a raise? Do you think it was distraction for the game?
I asked the sourced at that time because things were heating up with Dixon. He didn't seek me out. Also, if he wanted to get Dixon a raise, he would have told me every other time that Dixon could leave, and he didn't. Make no mistake about it, USC came after Dixon hard, and I'm sure he at least thought about it. If USC was a better program I think he would have left, but I just think he didn't want to be a part of that mess.
What your source said mirrored what the media was saying. NIce reporting and I'm glad it worked out in Pitt's favor. Now ... time to get athletes that score for the ACC.
How much more money did he get?
That hasn't been released.
Agreed ... I wasn't ready to see him leave .. would be great to lead this team through the ACC transition and to our first Final Four!
Well ... that's a surprise. Charles Barkley just joked on CBS: "He lost, right? Imagine if he won. Would Pitt give him a contract through 2050?"The program now is what it is. Fans will have to accept it. I can. I've been with Pitt since the Paul Evans era. I can accept it while hoping for more.I have to hope that this stability allows Jamie Dixon to bring in better recruiters as assistants. I have to hope Jamie and those new assistants will be able to recruit more athletic kids and some real shooters as he goes around the country selling Pitt as a top-half team in the legendary ACC. If that doesn't happen, the Pitt program we know today (or what we knew a few years ago) is likely the high-water mark. We will never be a Duke or a Michigan State or a Syracuse or a North Carolina ... or even an Ohio State. And I hope that is OK.The best news is that this means Steven Adams is much more likely to stick around next year. It will be great to watch him play.
Right on about the better assistants....instead of the current yes men. He needs an assistant who can coach up the offense.
Agree here too. There is no doubt recruiting has dropped off with recent turnover of assistants. I like Brandon Knight, but not sure what type of recruiter he is. Also don't like Barton or Sandle either. Sandle doesn't seem to really bring anything to the table. I could be wrong, but does anyone know if he's brought in any players worth noting? I thought the Tom Herrion did a fairly decent job getting players in here. I think Dixon can get back to the success he had at the middle part of the decade if he can bring in better assistants.
Another head fake from an inside source. JD knows USC is an awful job and Howland has been abused non-stop for the same system that JD uses.Time for JD and SP to do a top-to-bottom evaluation of the program after two disappointing seasons: recruiting, coaching staff, non-con sked.The mark of an "elite" coach is someone who finds and fixes problems and gets better over time.
Very good comments. Now that SP has doubled-down on JD, it's time to fix what's wrong. It can be fixed. And it starts with three factors: Assistants, assistants, assistants.Dixon will be 57 when his contract expires. If he hasn't established a "coaching tree" of his own by then, we'll still be talking about Fields and Blair and McGhee as long-ago heroes. We need to recruit new ones.
Here is thing that we have to remember that Dixon has won big games in the regular season and has won BE titles. In comparing with the football program they have never won a big game in quite some time that is why we saw the stache leave I guess. Dixon gives us hope for the future because and had a proven track record of success regardless of what some believe.
can we get a video of jamie on tnt with extension
I too am fine with the extension. Where Pitt has dropped the ball is establishing a continuity program. Pitt needs to get the Brandon Knight's etc., back into high school coaching in the NJ/NY high school hotbeds and get them to direct the best players to Pitt. The old man Hurley to Duke strategy, etc. Plant the seeds now.Pitt used to have a dematha connection and nyc connection (rohrsson). Is he available for an assistant position? For football it is akin to aliquippa, woody hills, tj, and in the past, akron buchtel high! Been awhile since we hae seen products come to Pitt from Buchtel. So, if the Pitt assistants are making in roads into those types of schools, that is great, we just need a plan to help the program in future years. I agree with the previous writer that said Pitt doesn't go far because they can't pick it up a notch. Watching louisville press and push tempo an colorado state can't handle it. Pitt under Dixon should try something different as they have the athletes and not necessarily the pure basketball talent. Dixon loves Pederson because SP always gives him a raise when a pac12 school shows the slightest of interest. Who wouldn't love his boss for that!
I agree with Dokish's statement. Good for Pitt, good for Pitt players and fans. I've followed Pitt basketball since the 1970's and the Howland-Dixon era has been a great ride.While the end of the season was disappointing, I don't understand saying the entire season was a disappointment. They beat some very good teams, had a thrilling win at home against Villanova, finished 4th in the BE, was ranked and relevant in the national basketball conversation. And they won 24 games. Seems like a great bounce back year to me. And they have a better foundation for next year, than they did coming into this season. Looking forward to it.
Thanks for your updates Chris. For all the naysayers bitching about Jamie guess which sports program helped Pitt get into the ACC(of course the Boston College AD might of helped us a little). How would you like to be U Conn, Cinny or S. Florida right now. Think their fans would love to be where we are with a consistent top 25 team in a great conference. Let's see how James robinson and Steven Adams mature next year since this is where I see Jamie working his magic with the program. If we all think about it,this team was lucky to get to the Big Dance. H2P
First off, good for Jamie. He is a good coach, just needs to make some adjustments to his systme.Chris,I know you are seeing the comments about assistants under this post. What are you thoughts on Bill Barton? The guy has delivered absolutely ZERO recruits to date. Isn't it time to make a change at his position and bring in a guy who can recruit?
I'm going to post something about where Pitt is now and what they have to do to improve, and getting a better staff will definitely be discussed. Probably on Monday.
Bring back "Slice"!
1. He needs 2 new assistants.2. He needs to recruit a quick PG. 3. He needs to start recruiting euro shooter.
Newkirk coming in next year is the answer to #2.
Chris, Do you think Pitt will adjust its style of play to adjust to the ACC?
That's the million dollar question. The ACC is more athletic than bruising so he would be wise to do so.
. . . . or in Jamie's case. the 2 million dollar question!
Glad Jamie is coming back and staying a while. This also means Adams will also be staying at least through next year. I agree with everyone else about Pitt needing pure shooters on the floor to complement their "grinders". In the ACC Pitt is going to have to adapt to a less physical game which should help them when it comes tournament time.
now that JD is locked up for ten years the entire staff will have to be reviewed. when you look at past Pitt bball success who was sitting on the bench with JD. i can certainly tell you the talent level of the past assistants was much greater than now. Pitt is to be commended for the extension,SP who I have not agreed with some of the moves he has made at Pitt should be commended I think this is a great day for the program as a whole. I only hope that the review of the staff is happening now and we pay the dollars to attract the talent needed to recruit and coach new players so the Shocker experience does not happen again. I think we all want what is best for Pitt and this is the first step on the journey to improve the program...dont settle hire the people to get the job done.
I did some research too on Adams. I was interested to see how he stacked up against all the top 25 centers according to Rivals and the top 19 centers according to ESPN. Adams was 7th in scoring, 4th in rebounds, and 4th in blocks. He was ranked 3rd by Rivals and 4th by ESPN in terms of centers. In other words, he did was he was supposed to do. The sky is the limit if he gets more assertive.
Great news for what program? Everyone else in the ACC? I agree with that. That performance against Wichita was abominable. Beyond description. And this time next year, the day after he is knocked out of the first or second round, if he gets that far in the ACC, everyone on this blog will be saying the same thing. 'But the main question is, why? Where the f was he going that made this so urgent? Southern Cal? Good riddance.
Statements like this crack me up.You'd think that Pitt is leaving some small conference like the Atlantic-10 or CUSA. They are leaving the Big East, a conference that has been as good, if not better, than the ACC over the past decade.Essentially, Pitt is replacing UConn and Georgetown with Duke and North Carolina. That's not much of a change, if any. You telling me Pitt should worry about games with Virginia, Georgia Tech, Boston College, etc.?Try again...
I really hope he changes some things, philosophy-wise...because I have a sinking feeling the program peaked with him in 2009.Still not impressed with a lot of these recruits.
He may change some assistants(needs to) but I don't see him changing anything with the style he likes to play. He thinks everything is great.
Mark my words: This is the worst mistake Pitt has ever made. They let JD bully them into a raise after a mediocre season at best. Everyone makes him out to be a saint, but in reality, he is no different than any other coach. He is too stubborn to fix his system and they will struggle in the ACC because of it. He will keep the same assistants because of his loyalty. The program will have plateaued and start to decline and Pitt will be stuck with him because of his contract. They won't be able to buy out 8 years. He will become a lame duck and the program will fall in the ACC. Have fun celebrating now. Dark days are ahead for this program.
first of all Jamie did not bully anyone for a raise, money is not a major factor in his life. however, I think if he ever was going to leave Pitt this was his chance to think about it. it's not like he did not have reason too, wife is from there, parents live there, nice place, people bashing him etc etc. but in the end jamie made a decession to stay with the team that gave him his chance and to coach for one team his entire career. what do u want from the dude, i know a final four, a more explosive offesne, better recruits, press on d, get junior college kids, better assistants, a number 2 guard that can drive off the dribble. etc etc. well imagine what he could do if he does get one of these. guy can coach, and he is a great person. sean miller, was not going to come here, period. he has a grudge and he is not leaving az. maybe we can get howland as an assistant, jamie can coach the first half and ben the second--just joking.
I like this move I didn't yesterday but I like it today. I'm glad Steve Pederson didn't do a knee jerk reaction like I would have. Jamie is 262-86 in 10 years and 11-9 in the tourney plus undefeated in CBI (lol). The guy is not perfect and not as good as Roy Williams, Coach K, Bill Self, Bill Donovan, Brad Stevens, Tom Izzo, John Calpari,Kruger and a few others. Boehiem hit the lottery with Melo the only reason he won his only title. I don't know about anyone else but 262-86 is not mediocrity. Dixon gives us a chance to win a championship 9 out of 10 years by making the tourney. As other coaches get fired or retire JD climbs the ladder and pushes on. Lets appreciate the consistency of the program with a long serving coach at the helm. After all we should be pleased with that considering the way our football program has gone. Now if only Pitt wrestling could kick it into a higher gear and rival those bastards at happy valley.
In the 9 years Dixon had Pitt in the Tournament, they were on average a 4 seed (4.11). 11-9 as an average 4 seed is border-line pathetic IMO. Not to be critical....
Wichita state looks like world beaters anyways.
Ah, here we go. Wichita State, coached by that legend what's his name, is a world beater. The next dynasty. Yes. Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Kentucky, and Wichita State. And you forgot to mention that Jamie has the highest winning percentage in Big East history?11-9 in a single elimination tournament is something to rave about? An even bigger mistake than the Wannstedt extension. I wish I had the job as the AD for Pitt. There is, apparently, no real skill required, and expectations are apparently so low you probably don't even have to show up.
I think it's depressing news. It's make sense, though, if you think about the truly idiotic moves PLederson has made. Pederson and Dixon are the firm. Lazy Pederson couldn't fathom a coach search. Sorry, Chris, move reeks of House moves which you were very critical of. Dixon will play the same damn boring basketball next season. What the hell? Why bother to even care about the post season? He can flame out in peace.
Dixon is considered one of the top 20 coaches in basketball. They weren't going to replace him with anybody better than that.
That statement, Doke, is why I'm OK with this — and other Pitt fans should be, too.Just a few years ago, Pitt fans were excited to have one of the best teams in the country. That team was made by JD. Now we have to hope he can do it again (and again, and again).This is the Pitt program we have. We'd have "upgraded" with a mid-major coach (or Sean Miller ... longshot) at best if JD went to USC. I remember how it worked out the last time Pitt hired a mid-major coach before the Howland/Dixon era. That guy was Ralph Willard. Disaster.I'm willing to cheer on JD and Pitt for the next 10 years and hope for the best.
So let me get this straight....USC, whose athletic department has a ton of money, could get almost any coach they want, but for some reason focused and pushed hard for "mediocre" and "boring" Jamie Dixon. And if USC couldn't "do better" than him, then how in the heck was Pitt, who has far less money, going to find a much better replacement afterwards? Am I missing something here?
Personally, I am in the camp of those thinking Brad Stevens of Butler is pretty good.166 wins and 49 losses is not bad.Think what he might do at Pitt?PittofDreams
Dixon staying is not the worst thing in the world.However, I am hoping he is smart enough and not so hard headed to realize that he needs to change some things to raise the level of Pitt basketball.Start with the assistants.Jamie might also consider changing up his style of play a bit if it's really is a factor in why some talented kids shy away?PittofDreams
I'm sorry but he has just one elite 8 appearance. That's a gaping hole.
Just one?Did you read the previous entry comparing how many coaches have reached or exceeded that number over the past 10 years?14. That's it.Listening to some of you, you'd think a Top 8 finish is something any idiot can do. And frankly, if Dixon does start getting Pitt to that level consistently, you'd probably criticize him for not reaching the FInal 4, not reaching the championship game, etc.
Don't tell me he is an elite coach until he makes a final 4.
I gripe on here sometimes, primarily due to frustration over how the university handles football, and appeared was about to handle basketball. But for the first time in a long time it looks like Pitt is willing to compete at a high-level for its program, which is extremely-encouraging. Dixon is easily a top coach. You don't have the highest winning percentage in Big East history be being mediocre. You don't consistently carve up Syracuse and thump Georgetown if you're unable to make in-game adjustments. And all of this talk about how regular seasons don't matter, and that conference tournaments are meaningless, and that the NCAA tournament is ALL that matters is ridiculous nonsense - unless of course you're only a casual fan, or a Ron Cook clone trying to get attention from Pitt fans by diminishing any other accomplishment by what is a great basketball program.Pitt hasn't won much in the NCAA's. But it's clearly able to compete with and beat the best teams in the country, on an annual basis (see Michigan game this year, even). Few programs can say that (see Maryland, Villanova, etc.). It's won the greatest conference tournament ever under Dixon, and played for that championship many times. Those things matter a lot.And as for Pitt's NCAA losses, think about the teams they've lost to: Marquette (with Dwayne Wade), Oklahoma State, UCLA, and Butler all went on to win more games after and reach the Final Four in those years. Add Villanova, and that's 5 Final Four teams. Pitt's been upset, but it has had some difficult draws too in the NCAA's. If losing to these teams in an elimination tournament is how Dixon is defined as a coach, then that is foolish. This is a great day for Pitt basketball, and more than that, an encouraging sign from the Pitt athletic department.
I agree with a lot of what you say but it was Villanova that beat Pitt to go to the Final Four and both Villanova and Maryland have national championships. Pitt has never in 75 years gotten past the Elite 8.Unfortunately Pitt fans are thinking about losing to #8 Butler while a 1 seed, Pacific, Bradley, the Xavier loss as 3 seed....
Completely agree with you. A lot of people fail to realize that what Dixon has accomplished as Pitt's coach is why they are now in the ACC, plain and simple.Dixon doesn't enjoy losing in the tournament any more than we like seeing it, but realistically, he's in a conference now that will help him attract better players. Having a shot at playing Duke and UNC every year is a better enticement than telling kids we play at MSG every year, especially if you're already an established program and coach.
Pitt's "boring" style was fun to watch while it shredded the Syracuse zone and crushed Georgetown this year. It was great to watch 24 out of 32 games.
I thought the tournament is where the coaches legacy is formed. That being true, JD has done nothing in 10 years. One elite eight, and many one and done even with high seeded teams. Schedule weak teams and get a decent W - L record and all of the sudden you get your contract extended. This should have at least waited until the end of the first ACC season. That will be quite telling and I have a feeling we will be back here with Chris discussing Dixon's fate.
Chris,What is Rohrrson doing since he was fired and would there be any chance of bringing him back as an asst?
He is a NY connection, and with the MSG games done, Dixon may be better off with someone with a DC connection.
Does anyone actually believe that the way this team plays, it can be competitive with the likes of Duke, NC, NC State? I can see us being perennial fourth or fifth place finishers with an occasional second or third. There is nothing to suggest otherwise..unfortunately.
Didn't a JD led team beat Duke not to long ago? A record of 262-86 that has beaten on a regular basis Uconn and Cuse who have won championships in the past 10 years has a better shot of competing against those above teams then not.
Since when is NC State an unbeatable powerhouse?Over the past 10 years...Tourney appearances-NC State: 5Pitt : 9Sweet 16 and beyond -NC State: 1Pitt : 3Elite 8 -NC State : 0Pitt : 1So even looking at NCAA tournament resumes - not even Pitt/Jamie Dixon's strong suit - Pitt has done considerably better than NC State. I didn't even bother to look at the regular season.This season, NC State was also an 8 seed. And they lost to their 9 seed opponent.Duke and North Carolina are the main concerns, and Pitt has beaten Duke, if you might recall. After that, it's the 3 Big East teams that are following them.4th place in a 16 team ACC will be quite good, BTW.
Edit that, NC State has 2 Sweet 16 appearances. My bad.Pitt's resume is still better
What about Miami? If I'm not mistaken, they are still in the tournament.
Anyone else hear SP on the Fan this morning? I was listening on my way in from work, and every time I hear him talk makes me cringe more and more. The guy is an absolute joke and shouldn't be leading athletics are our university. They asked him where he would like to see the basketball program go from here? Without exactly saying it, he essentially made it seem like status quo is good enough for him. He mentioned how difficult it is to make the NCAA tournament, and said NC happen when they least expect it. Stated how Florida won back-to-back NC and then didn't make the tourney. One thing that also caught my attention was when he talked about his relationship with Jamie and Ben Howland. Basically saying how good of friends they all are. That's good to hear. There so the accountability factor.
I like the suggestion of hiring Howland as an assistant! Wouldn't that be a turn of events. Ben will land on his feet somewhere and be successful again. I viewed video of Josh Newkirk. this kid may be the penetrating guard the team needs. He has a wicked cross over and very quick to the hoop while maintaing control. Very fluid, the kid could be a steal.
It wouldn't surprise me if Howland ended up at some SEC school.
Then again I could see Ben just walking off into the sun set with his millons. I'm sure he would have liked going out on his own terms but his style of play wasn't cutting it. Does anyone know if he was ever fired before?
Yeah, Howland was fired when he worked at McDonalds as a teenager. He was too slow getting people their orders...
This Dixon coaching thing is working it's way towards being what Joe was to PSU. I'd have told him to walk. He's slowly becoming to powerful.
That is just a ridiculous statement
Dokish - What are you hearing on next years schedule? I'm hoping he challenges this team instead of beating up on Bethune cookman. Please play someone worth a damn.
James Robinson is going to have a tough go of it in the ACC. He isn't fast and he can't score. I wanna see him try to guard Larkin.
To the random anonymous at 9:35,You should at least check your facts before using them to back your argument. "Many one and done"?Dixon has taken Pitt to the NCAA Tourney 9 times. Twice (2 times he has lost in the 1st round. Both times as an 8 seed to a 9 seed.By my count, since Pitt has been in the Big East, Pitt made the tournament 10 times in 22 years before Dixon. Dixon has gone 9 in the 10. Before Dixon, Pitt won 7 NCA Tourney games in 22 years. Dixon has won 11 in 10 years.Before Dixon, Pitt made 2 Sweet 16's in 22 years. Dixon has 3 in 10 years.Before Dixon, Pitt had 0 Elite 8's in 22 years. Dixon has 1 in 10 years.Dixon does indeed have flaws that need improved upon. But mediocre just can't be used to describe the job he has done at Pitt. Can he do better? We will allknow in about 10 years or so...
I'm not saying we haven't improved.....compared to our past no question that we have but moving forward it has stagnated. When I suggested we are one and done, i included the loss in the next game. So to qualify, I guess I should have suggested that a vast majority of our tournament records are 0-1 or 1-1. According to the sporting news stats on coaches, JD has six seasons that reflect those records along with the 11-12 season where we didn't make the tournament. Now I count that as seven out of the 10 seasons. Please, I am not trying to be a smart ass and I bleed blue/gold but do you really think this is acceptable? Maybe I'm just unrealistic in my expectations for this great university..maybe just making the tournament is a benchmark in achieving success.
What is hurting JD right now is that his assistants sren't the best in identifying and recruiting the talent Pitt needs to go futher than they have. losing guys like Rohrsen and Antigua has really hurt this program because they haven't been replaced with the same quality coaches.JD needs to revamp his staff, that's all. he's proven he's adaptable to the talent he has, he doesn't just coach one system. If you want proof of that, look at the 08-09 team; they did not live and die with defense and rebounding, they could score and played very well in transition.Mike W.
What does it even matter anymore to discuss Pitt athletics. Pitt is committed to maintain an average level in all its major sports. I'm done!
Good riddance! If that statement were true, Pitt would have hung on to Wannstedt.But, before you leave, take the challenge I presented above.Name 64 other programs that over the past 10 years are better than Pitt's.Actually, I'll make it easier for you and cut that number in half to 32 programs.You'll still fail miserably at it.
Okay, okay........according to The Basketball Culture of Success website the top team winning percentage is as follows:Kansas .828Duke .823Gonzaga .807Pitt . 790Moreover, the Big East best programs are listed as follows:Pitt .790UConn .753Syracuse .731Pretty impressive......you are correct OriginalEther
Anonymous..Correction.... moreover... weak non-conf means bogus wins.
Bowling Green Panther is one sensible dude.
Space management and transition is so critical to offensive success in collegiate basketball. We have not seen that thus far with JD during his tenure and that is why Pitt struggles to score. Briefly with Levance we did have great transition at times. Look at the teams left in the tournament. Full court pressure when needed, sets up transition, combined with solid space management, equals success. It is not all about excellent recruiting. Leave that to Kentucky. It is about quality coaching and knowing how to beat quality teams, not the creampuffs. To think Pitt won't have to play a physical brand of basketball in the acc is just wrong. During the tournaent this year, the referee's have put the whistle away and let the kids play a modified rugby style game. Pitt is still a little soft in my opinion and they just aren't at the next level where they can balance physicality with finesse. It's a tough balance but if you look at the successful teams,they have elements of both. Spoken differently, adaptability.
people forget who pitt is. pitt is NOT a blue blood. without dixon theyd be more likely to fall into obscurity than they would be to progress and reach an elite level... By the way, pitt was in the freaking cbi last year and they finished this year with 24 wins, a top 4 big east finish, and a top 25 ranking. Dixon is a very good coach and i think pitts problem in the tournament is more due to no go to scorer and a lack of offensive skill. Lets be honest, it was not dixons fault that pitt shot 1-17 from 3 or that they couldnt hit the broad side of a barn. However, i think dixon needs to change some things with game planning. the fact that adams didn't get fed on the post in the latter part of this year when he showed improvement is worrisome and talib disappeared in part because the guards rarely gave him the ball in conference play. pitt needs shooters and more explosive/willing athletes imo. they have some great athletes but theyre too timid to use it offensively. hopefully that john severe commits to pitt. i believe pitt will be one of his finalists
PK...everything you said their IS a coaching problem.- not feeding the bigs, etc- recruiting players, etcSorry... but Pitt made an investment in Basketball... not football... with the great facilities on campus.Pitt needs to step up and I don't think Dixon is the person to step up the program.However, Admin needs to hold Dixon accountable... contract should be loaded with incentives.Also... give Dixon money for better assistants...and assistants who can recruit who have ties to AAU... ie. Hoop Group. Where do you think Toole and Rice got their start??? Hoop Group!!!
Remember, Dixon is like both a coach and GM.....he recruits and trains these guys. Don't want 1-17 shooting? Don't recruit guys who play defense instead of offense.The reason they're timid is because they all have a short leash...and I would be amazed if Severe comes to Pitt knowing how Dixon coaches offensive players.
what i mean is players have to make plays and its not dixons fault that they didn't. again, im not arguing that dixon cannot improve because he can but bottom line they didnt make shots when they should have and thats their fault just as much as its dixons
Recruit better, pay your assistants top dollar so they can recruit better, find better assistants to recruit better = is all we need. Administration step up and give JD what he needs.
Anyone watching the FGCU / SDST game? Totally different style of play than what PITT does. Honestly it is run and gun, backyard basketball. Very little offensive sets. If PITT just did a little bit of that then they could be unpredictable and keep teams off balance. The game I am watching now is entertaining at times but can also be sloppy. However they are in the tournament and we are not. Who am I to judge??
More good news than bad. Personally, I'd rather have Miller becoz I think him and his offense would lure better offensive layers to Pitt while maintaining a pretty good overall defense, but since it didn't appear that Miller was coming and the alternatives were likely worse, Dixon staying is good news. Actually, I'd rather have had Howland too, but who knows what other opportunites he'll be offered and if he'd have chosen to come to Pitt anyway.On a side note, I sure wish this blogger ... and many others ... would get off this notion that Dixon was seconds away from getting to a Final Four. Before Reynolds hit that shot, the game was tied. If he would have missed it, Pitt very likely would have gone to OT if Villanova didn't get the rebound and scored before the buzzer or if Pitt didn't end up throwing up a long shot and hitting it for the win. Dixon was NOT seconds away from leading Pitt to the Final Four. He was seconds away from going to a 5 minute OT that COULD have led to Pitt going to the Final Four.Z
Wonder what the University's out is with Dixon's contract? After the next year or two in the ACC, they might have to use it.PittofDreams