The last time Jamie Dixon had been part of an NCAA Tournament berth with TCU was 31 years ago as a senior guard for the Southwest Conference champion Horned Frogs.
On Sunday, coach Dixon and his Big 12 team gathered at their arena to watch the selection show on television with boosters and school officials, and celebrated together when TCU’s name popped up on the screen. The Horned Frogs are the sixth seed in the Midwest Region and face the winner of the play-in game between Arizona State and Syracuse in Detroit on Friday.
It was a much different scene than in 1987.
“I don’t even think it was televised back then,” said Dixon, now in his second season coaching his alma mater. “I remember being in my dorm room. I remember getting a phone call. Coaches called me, so I went and told the other guys in the dorm.”
Dixon said they then had maybe a 30-second advance notice than everybody else since Frank Windegger, then TCU’s athletic director, was part of the selection committee.
“It’s probably a story that shouldn’t be put out there,” Dixon said, smiling when mentioning a 30-year statute of limitations.