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Dixon's Dozen; Pitt coach Jamie Dixon locked in as 12th season begins

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh's NCAA college basketball head coach Jamie Dixon takes questions during the school's annual media day in Pittsburgh. Dixon believes Pitt will score points. His biggest concern is whether the Panthers will stop anybody as they prepare for their second season in the ACC.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh's NCAA college basketball head coach Jamie Dixon takes questions during the school's annual media day in Pittsburgh. Dixon believes Pitt will score points. His biggest concern is whether the Panthers will stop anybody as they prepare for their second season in the ACC. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)  (The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon isn't a kid anymore.

The 49-year-old begins his 12th season at the helm on Friday night when the Panthers host Niagara. Dixon says he's just as driven as he was when he was hired to replace Ben Howland in 2003.

Dixon says he's heard his name come up for other jobs over the years but has no plans on leaving. His current contract runs through the 2022-23 season.

The Panthers return three starters from a team that went 26-10 last winter, though guard Cam Wright is out for at least another few weeks with a broken foot.