Pitt's Dixon agrees to contract extension

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Pitt coach Jamie Dixon signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday through the 2017-2018 season, putting end to weeks of growing speculation that the coach might leave for Oregon.

"Other people might have been nervous about rumors over the past 48 hours," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "I was never nervous about rumors over the past 48 hours."

Dixon had been mentioned as a potential Oregon target since the job opened up March 16. That speculation grew wildly in the past two days as Dixon was in New York at the same time as the head of Oregon's coaching search and the coach's noncommittal answers about his future at Pitt.

Dixon said Wednesday he has always been committed to Pitt.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and Pederson would not say if Dixon's salary will increase with the extension. Dixon was making more than $1.5 million in his previous deal, which ran through the 2015-16 season.

Michael Sanserino: msanserino@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1722. First Published March 31, 2010 6:00 PM


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