Pitt has 6 commitments. If they have 12 coming in, that means everyone but one player is leaving.
I've consistently said this is a nonsense argument and sadly one that cannot really be refuted. Those Pitt Big East teams that were high seeds in the tournament absolutely could have won in the ACC. They would have battered those teams. Now even if they called it close and Pitt had a lot of foul outs, they still had enough depth to beat many of the teams. Definitely enough not to finish at the bottom of the conference.
Now, NYPirate's argument is a little more difficult:
I'm not sure I'd go as far as "under the radar recruits" but he did typically recruit players to fit his system. And he was able to get the top of those types of players and bodies. I'm not sure if we can even fault him for being stubborn because I think his teams would have done well in the ACC. But, the fact is his last couple recruiting classes were not very good. My best guess is the move to the ACC cost him not in style of play but in his recruiting base. It became a lot more difficult to pitch ACC play to the NY/Philly/Eastern seaboard players to come to an ACC team. Personally, I think he would have overcome this. I was willing to give him a little longer in the ACC. My guess is that the last year (and maybe even the one before it) had a down class because he knew he was going. I still don't think it was him not liking the ACC (though I'm sure he would have preferred the BE). I'm not sure he was a comfortable at Pitt with Barnes.
For the record, I'm would have liked Dixon to stay but I am fine with him moving on if it was his choice. As for the new coach, I was willing to give the guy a chance but even with the "not his players argument" I've seen nothing I like in his first season at all.