PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – After announcing his new contract extension that keeps him at Pitt for the next 10 years, Panthers head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon talks to Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan.

“We’re very excited,” Dixon says of his new deal. “My family’s excited. Our administration felt it needed to be done, so we’re excited and happy.”

The deal puts to rest any speculation that Dixon may have been considering other jobs. On those rumors, Dixon says, “I didn’t realize it until I was going to the airport on Saturday. People were stopping me while I was going through security and saying they hoped I would stay. I really live in a bubble during the year watching film and going from practice to practice, and I don’t really focus on that stuff.”

Dixon also discusses living up to the expectations many Pitt fans have of his program, accepts the criticism of his record in the NCAA Tournament, and reveals he’s already looking ahead to next season.

As for his former boss Ben Howland, who was fired at UCLA over the weekend, Dixon says, “Ben’s better off. That’s what I told him. He’s done an unbelievable job there. He’ll get a great job.”