Jamie Dixon announced on Monday afternoon he was leaving Pittsburgh after 13 seasons at the helm to return to TCU — his alma mater — in hopes of resuscitating the Horned Frogs basketball program.
Under Dixon, the Panthers were one of the most dominant programs in college basketball, but a failure to parlay regular season success — two Big East regular season championships and a Big East tournament championship — soured on the fan base. When the Panthers joined the ACC in 2013, the program continued to slide toward mediocrity, and following a first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Wisconsin this season, the two sides decided to part ways before it got really ugly.
Where do the Panthers go from here? Pittsburgh is still a top-flight job in one of the best conferences in the country. That being said, Pittsburgh's lack of history and the Panthers sub-par run in the ACC doesn't make it the best place for a quick and painless rebuild.
The ideal candidate is Pittsburgh native and former Panther guard Sean Miller. He would be the home run hire. Unfortunately for Panther fans, it is highly unlikely he leaves his post at Arizona to return east.
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But that doesn't mean the Panthers can't go out and get their guy.