Podcast on the Brink: Dane Fife

  • 03/02/2012 9:04 am in

Are the 2012 Hoosiers following in the footsteps of Indiana’s 2002 title game team?

To answer that question, Podcast On The Brink sits down with former IU player and assistant coach Dane Fife to discuss the comparison along with his first year as an assistant coach at Michigan State.

Fife returned to Bloomington earlier this week and talks about IU’s 70-55 win over MSU and what it was like sitting on the opposing sideline of a Big Ten game in Assembly Hall.

Hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein ask the former Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year about his impressions on the Hoosiers this season and more, including:

· His decision to leave IPFW after serving as its head coach for six seasons
· Parallels between Tom Crean and Bobby Knight
· What it’s like serving as an assistant on Tom Izzo’s coaching staff
· How the 2012 and 2002 Hoosiers are similar and different
· What IU needs to do to be successful in the postseason

So tune in and enjoy. As always, let us know what you think about this week’s show and drop us a note at podcastonthebrink@gmail.com

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  • Stlbam

    I graduated two years ahead of Dane but I can’t believe he is younger after listening to him talk. He’s truly mature beyond his years and I see him becoming a great coach at a big time program some day. If the IU job ever becomes available I would hope Dane gets serious consideration….he just gets it.

  • MI-Hoosier22

    Izzo is grooming him to take over MSU.

  • Jahandel

    Great stuff guys!

  • Jahandel

    Great stuff guys!

  • hoosierstateofmind

    Dan Fife is my favorite player in IU history.  I’m (gulp) in my late 30’s so I barely remember the ’81 team, but from then on I’ve watched my share of IU games and Fife is the poster boy of what a team player is all about.  People forget this guy was a scoring machine in high school who everyone assumed was going to follow his brother to Michigan.  When he came to IU he was asked to take a back seat to other scorers and instead play solid D.  Not only did he do what he was asked, but as mentioned on this podcast, became IU’s all time steals leader and was the best defender in the conference his last two years.  Oh, and when the cuffs were taken off his senior year he filled it up!

    I am sad they didn’t ask him about that foul on Williams against Duke.  I almost started crying then and there when it looked like we were going to give up a 4 point play.  I gotta say, if Fife is my favorite player, then he also made what has got to be one of the worst fouls in IU’s history.

    Any other Fife fans out there or am I the only one crazy enough to list him ahead of Hoosier legends like Calbert and Alford?

  • Miamihoosier

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/18599/is-this-tom-creans-year    Great article linking Dane’s team, and our team this year

  • N71

    I could easily see Dane become IU’s head coach in time.  Coach Crean will have a strong run for 10 or 15 years and by that time he’ll be 60 or so and probably interested in spending more time with his wife and to be grandkids.  Dane will have been a head coach at someplace like Xavier or Oklahoma State doing great and we’ll see a seamless passing of the torch from Tom to Dane.  If not, Dane will have moved on to a big time job like Kansas or something and we’ll never have him as a coach but he’ll do great.  He reminds be of Tom Cruise in that movie where he’s an American Civil War vet in Japan.  He get’s captured by Japanese dudes and that one scene where he gets his a** kicked by one guy and a stick.  He goes down and is just about out but keeps on swinging his stick like some crazed lunatic.  That’s Dane Fife.  I wouldn’t want any piece of him…in a fight…as a coach…yes I would…as IU’s coach that is.

  • Izzo isn’t even 60 years old, he’s gonna be there for another decade most likely.

  • Izzo isn’t even 60 years old, he’s gonna be there for another decade most likely.

  • Kennydescombes

    You know he is certainly among my favorite players to ever put on the cream and crimson as well.  Idk if I can give anyone a top spot, but he is with no doubt among the top.  My top ten favorite players also include guys like Chis Reynolds, Calbert Cheaney, Greg Graham, Tom Coverdale, Jeff Newton, A.J. Guyton, A.J. Moye, D.J. White, and Keith Smart.  The most consistent trait that they all shared was that they put IU first and stayed four years.  The list certainly is different the what I would give if I was stating who I thought were the best players through the time that I have loved IU basketball, but there would be a couple of hold overs. 

  • Dfitz

     The best memory I have of Fife is the Illannoy game where one of their thugs tried to stomp his chest while he was on the ground. Dane caught his foot inches from his chest and twisted him to the ground. It cost technical foul on Dane and nothing for the thug. I only wish he would have broken the guys ankle.

  • Dfitz

     The best memory I have of Fife is the Illannoy game where one of their thugs tried to stomp his chest while he was on the ground. Dane caught his foot inches from his chest and twisted him to the ground. It cost technical foul on Dane and nothing for the thug. I only wish he would have broken the guys ankle.

  • Park Slope Hoosier

    Thanks for the great interview.  One similarity betwen Dane’s 2001-2002 team and this team that Dane pointed out, and that I think comes through in the games and  in the post-game press conferences is how much these guys enjoy playing with each other and will battle for each other.  Hand in hand with that concept is the toughness and determination both teams showed.  I was fortunate enough to go to most of the games in 2002 (including the sweet 16 – best game I eve attended!).  My favorite memory from that year happened during the Louisville game (and one I could see happening this year) .  There was an out of bounds scramble and I think Hornacek was getting harrassed by the L’ville bigs and Jeffries sprinted from across the court (along with several other Hoosiers) to put a stop to that nonsense.  I was really impressed by the star player not hesitating one bit to stand up for his team. 

  • iulineman

    The best memory I have of Fife is at the first open practice his freshman year. He’s guarding Recker and just gets manhandled and I mean literally thrown to the floor. Knight lets them play on. Recker scores and runs down the court with a smile on his face. He sets up in the paint to wait on Fife. Fife never slowed down and literally ran over Recker. Knight let them play on. He became one of my favorite players right then. Loved the grit.

    GO IU!!!

  • 888

    there was a magazine cover that had a close up of that shot and Dane never came close to his hand. IU had a commercial with Dane showing the article and saying he never touched him and ther was tha proof.

  • marcusgresham

    Not to nitpick, but Keith Smart did not give IU 4 years—-he was a juco transfer.

  • IUfanToby

    I was glad when IU didn’t go after Alford for head coach, but I would love to see Dane on the bench someday.  Really liked what he brought to the team.

  • IUfanToby

    I was glad when IU didn’t go after Alford for head coach, but I would love to see Dane on the bench someday.  Really liked what he brought to the team.

  • Daburns0

    That is actually like the Penn St. game, when CWat was hacked at the end, and Sheheey jumped up and started yelling at the guy.