Jamie Dixon has been a revelation in a little over a year at the helm of TCU basketball.
The Horned Frogs beat Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament and won the NIT last season. This year, they’re one of six undefeated teams left in the country and are ranked No. 14.
Now, the next step for Dixon is securing more funding for the basketball program. As Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram detailed, Dixon expects to work with new athletic director Jeremiah Donati to expand the budget for basketball.
“As far as budget in the Big 12 in basketball, I think we’re still last — and we knew that, and they know that — and there’s things that we’re going to have to address,” Dixon said. “Whatever we need, we’re going to get. I’m not going to go overboard. I know patience is important; we don’t need everything today. But I know when there’s something we really need, they’re going to take care of that. They’re going to work on it.”
TCU funneled plenty of money into the basketball program before Dixon arrived. The Horned Frogs completely renovated the old Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, transforming a cold and outdated arena into the Schollmaier Arena, a modern complex with plenty of attractive features.
But Dixon comes from basketball-mad Pittsburgh, an ACC school with one of the best basketball student sections in the nation. He’s used to getting most of what he asks for — and for good reason, as he’s never had a losing season in his fourteen full seasons as a head coach.
It’s not exactly clear what improvements Dixon is seeking to make with an increased budget. But he and Donati seem to have a good working relationship, and the Horned Frogs are one of the hottest teams in the country.
Giving Jamie Dixon what he wants seems to be a no-brainer for the new AD.