On the surface, it seemed like a bit of a surprise given that TCU perennially finishes near the bottom of the Big 12 Conference, and Dixon has had success at Pitt, including two Sweet Sixteen appearances, an Elite Eight appearance, two Big East championships, and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances since he took over in 2003. But TCU is Dixon's alma mater, making the move understandable from his perspective.
Dixon's departure now means that Pittsburgh has to scramble to find its next head coach, and it just so happens that one prominent college basketball coaching figure is an alum of the school -- Arizona Wildcats' head coach Sean Miller.
Unsurprisingly it has led to Miller being a top candidate for the Pittsburgh job. But would Miller leave his current job for his alma mater as Dixon did? According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Scout's Jason Scheer, who are well-connected to the Arizona basketball program, the answer is no.
And no, Pittsburgh fans: Sean Miller is not coming home.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 21, 2016
Again, let me end the Sean Miller to Pittsburgh speculation again — for those hoping and praying. HE. IS. NOT. GOING. HOME.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 22, 2016
No, Pitt fans. The answer is no. May not even pick up the phone. No.— Jason Scheer (@JasonScheer) March 21, 2016
Very few college basketball programs -- taking into account facilities, location, tradition, fans, etc. -- would be considered an upgrade over Arizona, and it's safe to say that Pittsburgh, while a respectable program in its own right, is not one of them.
Perhaps the fact that Pitt is Miller's alma mater could making it an appealing move regardless of the discrepancy between the programs, but, as Goodman put it, Sean Miller is "not going home" to coach Pittsburgh.
As Miller said after he turned down Maryland in 2011, he's in Tucson "for the long-haul."