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Press Conference Quotesheet




March 31, 2010

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTESHEET

March 31, 2010

 

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon and Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson

 

Quoting Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson

 

Opening Statement:

 


 

 

“Thank you for being here today and on such short notice. I am excited to announce that Coach Dixon has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him here until at least 2018. Yesterday, I said that I didn’t know anyone who has put his heart, soul, and loyalty into Pitt as much as Coach Dixon. With the help of the athletes, staff, and support of the administration, it has been exciting to watch and be a part of this basketball program. I think the easiest way to judge Coach Dixon is by what he does and not necessarily what he says. He has been an absolute Pitt guy from the beginning. Our program has gained national respect on the floor as well as off. We are thrilled to go forward and continue to have him lead this program.  As with any other time that we have extended his contract, he did not ask for anything. He did not come to us, we went to him. I am appreciative that this great man is our basketball coach.”

 

On why this press conference was announced:

 

“We have tried to be upfront with everyone. When extending a contract for a long term, you have to announce it. I think it makes the assistant coaches more comfortable.  It is important that everyone know that the future of this program is in the hands of Jamie Dixon. We wanted to tell everyone exactly what is going on. Pitt basketball is so important to this city and region, and that is what makes it so special.  We have been sold out every game since the Petersen Events Center opened. I think that shows great admiration for Coach Dixon.”

 

On the stability of the Pitt basketball program:

 

“I told Jamie that I would like to never have to hire another basketball coach.  It is just fabulous for our program. I think that is why we are where we are today. Stability is key, and it is very hard to start over. You set the program back. To continue to climb, it is important in athletics that we maintain momentum. Outstanding individuals leading our program gives us stability. Our student athletes come here and can focus on achievement at their highest levels.”

 

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

 

Opening Statement:

 

“First of all I am so thankful to have been at Pitt for the past 11 years. My family is so thankful. I know how lucky I am, and I can’t say it enough. I am not going anywhere. This is where I want to be. I am the luckiest guy in the world, and I appreciate and recognize it every day.”

 

On when the decision to extend his contract was made:

 

“We had agreed to an extension a while ago. They came to me during the season. I know where I want to be, and I have said that from the beginning. I think that actions are more reflective than words. The season just ended, and you don’t announce things like extensions during the season. When is the right time? Every extension we have discussed has been about this time of year. They have come to me every single time, and I think that shows tremendous support. Jobs and rumors are out there, but this is the time. After the Final Four, we are going to be recruiting so this was the time to make an announcement.”

 

On the contract extension:

 

“I know how thankful I am, and I know how good I have it. You can’t listen to the rumors. We have the best administration, fans, coaches, and players. I think I have the most hard working group in the country. My wife and family love it here.”

 

On how far this program has come:

 

“Leadership started about the same time that this program took off. Steve Pederson and Chancellor Nordenberg came in at about the same time. The most important thing is who you work for. That is where it starts, and that is where it ends. I am fortunate to work with these people.”

 

On the coaching staff at Pitt:

 

“I have the best staff in the country, and with that, it means that they are going to become head coaches at some point.”