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Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 1:21 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Jamie Dixon isn't worried.

At all.

Those who say that Pittsburgh will have difficulty moving from the Big East to the ACC need a dose of reality.

As long as Dixon doesn't bolt back to the west coast - which doesn't appear likely - the Panthers will still compete for league titles.

Yes, even in the ACC.

Pittsburgh was able to do it against the likes of Syracuse, UConn and Louisville, finishing first or second in the league in four of the past five seasons.

The Panthers will be able to do the same against North Carolina and Duke.

In case people haven't noticed, Dixon can coach a little bit - and he'll continue to get players.

"A lot of people are making too much of how it's going to effect our recruiting," Dixon said. "We haven't gotten guys from New York in two years."

J.J. Moore is the lone player out of New York that Pittsburgh has gotten in the Class of 2010, 2011 and thus far in 2012.

Let's face it: Khem Birch would have come to Pittsburgh whether the Panthers were in the Big East or ACC. Same can be said for Dixon's two 2012 commitments - New Zealand big man Steven Adams and DeMatha point guard James Robinson.

And as long as the Big East tournament remains in New York, Dixon and his staff will be able to sell the opportunity to play in Cameron and Chapel Hill - as well as the chance to play in New York.

That's what I like to call a win-win. 

Dixon's already proven he can coach - and he wins largely with under-the-radar, chip-on-their-shoulder players.

He'll play the same somewhat soft out-of-league schedule he always does - and then the Panthers will in the mix for the ACC crown - as has been the case in the Big East for four of the past five seasons.


Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 4:23 pm

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

Whoa, JDW...I'm not taking any sides here--I'm a Pitt fan, and I look forward to their move to the ACC. All I tried to point out is that Coach K's legacy is so great, it will be a shame if he decides to hang it up within a few years. I don't know, he seems like he's in good shape physically, so maybe he'll be around for another decade or longer. If so, that's great. And, I know that UNC and Duke will pick the very best coach they can to be the eventual successor to Coach K and Williams...I'm just looking forward to having them around a while--that's my only point.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:34 pm

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

IndyPittFan95, let me ask you a question. How did the loss of Dean Smith tarnish UNC or the ACCs appeal? I'm not a fan of the ACC, but the schools you are referring to have cemented their legacy for decades to come. When Coach K leaves, do you think Duke is going to hire Quinn Snyder to replace him? Try Mark Few, Brad Stevens, or ... I have an idea... Jamie Dixon. You contradicted yourself in your post, so I'm not sure which side you're taking, but no need to worry about the ACC as a Super Conference. Once these conferences are established, it will be very difficult to break them up as you're not going to see a 6-8 team exodus to the Conference USA.

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:24 am

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

I second the rivalries aspect.. Without the BackYard Brawl hoops and Football would never be the same!!

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 2:45 pm

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

As a Pitt alum, I welcome this move, and I'm thankful that Pitt was future-thinking enough to take such a move, and that the ACC welcomed us to their conference.

Dixon's remarks do not surprise me, but I do see one potential downside to the ACC move: the longevity of Coaches Krzyzewski and Williams with their respective teams. I think Dixon will be with Pitt a lot longer than they might be at their respective colleges, and their loss could tarnish the conference's appeal. This might put a little shelf-life on the ACC as a super-conference, but these are schools with strong basketball traditions, and I assume they would replace those two with strong successors.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:43 am

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

I'm not here to talk trash but with every changing second the college landscape as we knew it is gone and whatever the future(4 superconferences) holds i hope it is for the better of the sports but i will forever miss the pitt-wvu rivalry along with many others if things that are expected come to pass....only time will tell but "Big Money" sometimes isn't interested in what has made these sports what they fans..tradition, history, and rivalaries have etched are memories from are childhoods to adults that we have shared with our families, friends and even enemies!

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:53 am

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

I think this move will be great for Pitt.  Even with the recent wins, they seem to still have trouble with the top recuits. 

I believe the depth of the BE was tougher then what the ACC has, but having a chance to go up against Duke and UNC will benefit much more.  If Dixon and the Panthers can get some soild wins over both in the first 2 years then top recuit will consider Pitt more. 

This will be fun to watch.

GO PANTHERS !!!      

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 7:05 am

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

You don't know they're not leaving the Big East for two years. Everyone is trying to get them out, including Pitt. It could be next year.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:49 am

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

They don't leave the Big East for two more years. Guys coming in this year and next will play in the Garden before moving on to the ACC.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:46 am

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

Jamie has a chance to be a legend. Moving to the ACC will let him do what not many coaches have done, win a Big east Title and ACC Title for the same team. 

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:33 pm

Dixon not concerned on ACC move for good reason

I agree with some of the other posts, I am an big ACC fan and have not read anything about people dishing Pitt or Syracuse.  Both schools come in the basketball respect.  Yes, you find a couple of those people who will trash talk no matter what, including some Big East fans that will say they will run through the ACC with no problem.  All-in-all I welcome them into the conference, the more basketball powers the better.  I think this is just the media trying to be the media, looking for something out of nothing.

Welcome aboard!! 

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