I'll be thrilled to take "stagnant" every day. That is, if "stagnant" means that despite working in a city with well below-average excitement for the local college teams, the guy makes his team a lock for the NCAA tournament pretty much every year, which implies that during the course of pretty much every season I'll have a significant number of days when I can see my team winning.
(speaks as the guy who lived through some astoundingly bad years of Pitt basketball, and now lives in a top college town that has not seen an NCAA berth in a very, very long time - all that while constantly firing one coach after another so that the team does not become "stagnant".)
Plus, just based on the law of large numbers, if Dixon continues putting the team into the Tournament, the Final 4 will *eventually* come even if the chances of advancing in subsequent rounds are below 50%!
[If a team lead by Dixon has 40% chance of advancing into any subsequent round, then the chance of making the Final 4 is 0.4^4 = 2.56%. But, if he gets his team to the tournament 27 times, there is 1- (1-0.0256)^27 = 50.4% chance he will get them into at least one Final 4!