The college basketball community isn’t too far removed from believing Jamie Dixon would leave the TCU Horned Frogs for the UCLA Bruins. That never worked out, as many speculated the Pac-12 program refused to buyout Dixon’s remaining time with TCU.
However, at the Big 12 spring meetings, Dixon claimed he could have taken the UCLA gig if he wanted to. That it was his choice between the two programs, and he chose TCU.
“Ultimately I had the choice to go or leave, and I decided to stay. It was my choice,” Jamie Dixon said, via The AP. “They took care of the buyout. … I had the option to go. I could do what I wanted to do.”
This is a bit different than the narrative originally spun; though it wasn’t coming from Dixon at the time. There’s no reason to believe the TCU Horned Frogs head coach is lying here, either.
Dixon’s name, dating all the way back to his time with the Pittsburgh Panthers, is often attached to big time job openings. It’s something not lost on him.
“I’ve been doing it a long time and there’s always been rumors to numerous jobs through the years. I think generally because I’m from the West Coast, those have been the ones that have gotten more play over the years,” the 53-year-old Dixon said. “But I’ve always been happy at TCU. … Nothing has changed We’ve loved every minute we have been at TCU, and enjoy Fort Worth.”
According to Dixon, it’s important to note his decision to stay has more to do with the TCU Horned Frogs than it does the UCLA Bruins.
“People know me, know that family is important, so it’s something that I had to look at,” Dixon said. “I decided to stay. That speaks volumes about TCU and my commitment to TCU.”
Now that this is all behind him, Dixon is clearly excited about the direction of his program and the Big 12 in general.
“I think we’ve had a big impact on strengthening the league with what we’ve done in terms of basketball,” Dixon said. “One of the things that’s happened is we’ve become the best league by far in the country. Being a part of the best league in the country is a good thing. That’s where we’re at.”
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