Jamie Dixon might not be the frontrunner to become UCLA’s men’s basketball coach after all.
Dixon reportedly agreed to leave TCU to join the Bruins, but negotiations have hit a snag. UCLA must pay an $8 million buyout to acquire the coach for next season, which is too steep a price to pay for the Bruins, according to an L.A. Times report.
Attempts were made to lower Dixon’s buyout price, but the report states TCU was unwilling to be flexible. So UCLA may be forced to pursue other candidates.
Other notable names involved in Bruins coaching rumors include Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, St. Mary’s Randy Bennett, and Texas’ Shaka Smart.
Dixon, 53, studied under UCLA coach Ben Howland. He coached Pittsburgh to 11 NCAA tournament appearances in 13 years before moving on to TCU in 2016, where he led the Horned Frogs to one NCAA tournament appearance in three years.
The Bruins have been crowned national champions 11 times, but haven’t reached the Final Four in more than a decade. To make matters worse, they haven’t won a national championship since 1995.
UCLA parted ways with head coach Steve Alford back in December. It went on to finish the season 17-16, missing the NCAA tournament.
TCU went 23-14 and lost in the fourth round of the NIT.