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Pittsburgh Coach Jamie Dixon surfaces with tweets

June 13, 2009 | 10:18 am

Dixon_300 Pittsburgh basketball coach Jamie Dixon, vacationing in Hawaii the last couple of weeks, has resumed his Twitter communication. USC fans, thinking that he could become the savior of Trojan basketball, won't find much to cling to in his missives.

In it, Dixon (at right) says, "Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on winning the Stanley Cup!"

Could be a cryptic message on how much he loves being in Pitt.

The next one reads, "I'm looking forward to coaching this team."

We've managed to decode that one.

Translation: "$1.5 million to $1.7 million per year through 2016 to run a program that players are coming to, not bolting from, while playing in a conference where everyone's team makes the tournament and living in a city where NCAA investigators change airplanes instead of set up shop."

Dixon becoming USC's coach? Well, there are longer shots. O.J. getting a presidential pardon, for example.

-- Chris Foster

Photo credit: Frank Victores / US Presswire