Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Flip Side of the Pitt Flop

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Flip Side of the Pitt Flop

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Baylor, look at Pitt.

TCU, look at Pitt.

Texas Tech, look at Pitt.

Every school not named Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and a few others, look at Pitt right now.

Pitt happens when you get spoiled, and dumb.

The only reason former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon wound up back at his alma mater is because his employer grew bored, spoiled and entitled.

Pitt was in a perfectly good marriage with Dixon, only it was sure there was a better spouse elsewhere. Pitt's next marriage now looks like a desperate duo who dated for a few months and did it anyways.

Pitt's dissatisfaction with Dixon is the only reason he became available for then-TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte to make a run at the established Big East coach.

Two years after Dixon left Pitt for TCU, the Panthers are a perfectly fine mess, and the Horned Frogs are running toward their first NCAA tournament since 1998.

Every school that grows spoiled with success and puts everything on the Final Four needs to look at Pitt and realize they might have it much better than they ever knew.

On Thursday, Pitt fired Dixon's replacement, Kevin Stallings.

In fairness to Stallings, he should never have been hired. Pitt should never have allowed Dixon to leave, and then it should never have replaced him with a blah candidate from Vanderbilt.

Dixon's biggest sin at Pitt was never reaching the Final Four.

Dixon led Pitt to the NCAA tournament 11 out of 13 seasons, multiple Big East titles, some Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight.

And yet, two years ago, there was Pitt -agreeing to lower the buyout number on Dixon's contract, with the sole purpose to get him out. In TCU, Pitt had found their sucker.

Because the next guy was certainly going to be better than Jamie Dixon.

Unless you are Duke, Kansas, Kentucky or North Carolina, you never grow tired of the results Dixon had at Pitt. …

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