Mar 20, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon directs his team during practice the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

USC Basketball: Pitt Extends Dixon's Contract, USC Coaching Search Continues

When the Pittsburgh Panthers got ousted from the 2013 NCAA Tournament after getting blown out 73-55 by Wichita State, many thought head coach Jamie Dixon could turn his attentions westward and consider taking over the USC basketball program for next season.

Two days later however, that speculation has been decidedly quelled: Dixon has agreed to a contract extension with Pitt on Saturday, one that would keep him as the head coach there through 2023. He said in an official statement that he intends to “finish his career” in Pittsburgh.

The Panthers went 24-9 this season and finished fourth in their final year in the Big East. Under Dixon’s leadership, they are 11-9 in the tournament, but have not advanced past the opening weekend since 2009. As a coach, Dixon is 262-86 in his ten years at Pitt.

For a few weeks now, much conversation has been had regarding who will be the new coach in Troy now that the 2012-2013 season is over. With Dixon out of the question, USC will likely turn its attention to another coach that saw his team’s title hopes dashed on Saturday: Josh Pastner of Memphis.

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