Pittsburgh Gives Hoops Coach New Contract

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Sept. 25, 2008
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh basketball coach Jamie Dixon's
contract has been extended three seasons through the 2015-16
campaign. The move comes two years after his last extension and
includes a raise from his 1.3-million-dollar salary of last season,
when he was the university's highest-paid employee.

Pitt may have felt an urgency to extend Dixon's contract again
because other Big East coaches have been signing more lucrative
deals. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' contract, for example,
guarantees him at least 20 million dollars over 10 years, including
1.5 million this year.

Dixon's teams have a 132-and-40 record in five seasons. The
Panthers won Big East tournament titles in 2004 and 2008. Dixon is the only coach in school history to lead Pitt to five consecutive 20-win seasons and NCAA appearances.

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