Pitt coach Jamie Dixon considering TCU job offer

Pitt's Jamie Dixon coaches in the Panthers' loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA first round. (USATSI)
Pitt's Jamie Dixon coaches in the Panthers' loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA first round. (USATSI)

TCU officials have zeroed in on Jamie Dixon to fill its coaching vacancy, and the Pittsburgh coach is now considering what amounts to an offer, a source told CBS Sports.

Dixon has a lucrative and longterm contract with Pittsburgh. But, a source said, TCU is willing to "make the money right" in the sense that Dixon is not being asked to take less to move from the ACC to the Big 12. It's just a matter of whether he wants to stay put for a 14th season at Pittsburgh or get a fresh start at his alma mater, according to a source.

Dixon, 50, played at TCU from 1984-87.

There are several reasons, sources said, for Dixon to make the move -- the most obvious of which is that Dixon has reached the point where some Pitt fans don't appreciate the fact that he's made 11 NCAA Tournaments in 13 seasons as much as they focus on the fact that he's only guided the Panthers to the Sweet 16 twice. Beyond that, the chancellor and athletic director who hired Dixon are no longer in place. Beyond that, the Pitt job became a much tougher job when the school moved out of the Big East and into the ACC.

TCU fired Trent Johnson last week.

The Horned Frogs haven't made the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

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