Mike and Mike campaign for Dan Dakich, I shudder

  • 03/19/2008 1:01 pm in

mike-and-mike.jpgOn the drive in to the 9-to-5 this AM, I caught the tail end of Dan Dakich’s appearance on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio and the segment that followed the interview. Dakich did a bit of campaigning to keep the position permanently after the season ends and then Mike and Mike showed the man some love.

First, here are Dakich’s comments, courtesy of MDS over at the FanHouse (who, by the way, apparently didn’t know that Dakich excused his players for missing practice about a month ago):

“You’re asking my expectation? My expectation is me. I mean, that’s going to be my expectation. If you’re going to say to me, ‘Who’s going to be the next head coach at Indiana?’ I’m going to say it’s me.”

It’s nice to hear Dakich wants the job, but the fact that he’s 3-3 and that IU has announced a search committee to find its next coach should give you an idea of his chances to land it. I’m actually a Dakich fan in the sense that he’s a passionate guy that knows the game and I do believe that he will be back at IU in either an assistant role or as Director of Basketball Operations.

Now, onto Mike and Mike. I’m paraphrasing this, but essentially both men said that if Indiana beats North Carolina, they have to give Dakich the job. Really? In the unlikely event that Indiana does advance past the first weekend, is this really a reason to give Dakich the job permanently? I’m going to go with no. The last time we hired a coach for taking us on a magical tournament run, well, you know how it ended (It should be noted that Mike Davis was actually in his second year when he went to the National Championship game. He was given a contract extension after the 2001-2002 season). Nice try, gentlemen. Now, bring me Sean Miller, please.

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  • PatrickDonohue

    I think these guys need to stick with doing what they do best.. talking about baseball all-year round, regardless of their listeners' interests.

  • xxBHxx

    Heard it this morning as well. Wasn't that great of an interview and to be honest I could care less about DD being the next IU coach. I highly doubt the position will be his. His interview with the 1070Fan crew yesterday was better. He seems the type to be an Assistant Coach if anything.

  • And the Jets.

  • xxBHxx

    Round of applause PAT!! You finally listened. Your point on the otherhand is rediculous. Im an avid listener to the guys and love pretty much everything BUT their baseball coverage. Mainly because Im not a huge Jayson Stark or Peter Gammons guy and they have those two on ALL the time..

  • bz

    i haven't listened or watched these guys in a while and now i remember why. they get stale after a while and they rarely disagree with special guests, even if only after the interview, and they never as the difficult questions.

    if they say that they would endorse dd for the permanent position, they obviously haven't watched any part of the last six games.

  • southsidehitmen

    Whoops….What I meant to say was, Greeny and Golic are more entertainers and less journalists. Granted, I find them entertaining.

    Too bad DAn Patrick isn't around anymore, he gave some of the best radio interviews, like the one he did with David Stern during the Suns=Spurs playoff series…that was awesome.

  • PatrickDonohue

    I enjoy the show a lot except when they talk about baseball, which is almost every day and there's no reason for it. There's no reason why Jayson Stark, Peter Gammons and Buster Olney should have a weekly slot on that shot. That's overkill. Especially considering that, I believe, the majority of American sports fans would slot baseball somewhere between 3rd and 5th on the list of sports they enjoy the most.

  • bpark83

    If the hoosiers beat UNC dan should be considered…but thats it, now if they go on some freakish run to the final four and maybe even a national championship then he should be the leading canidate. Having said that, IU will narrowly escape out of the first round and get beat by at least 10 in the second. Go after PEARL!!!

  • RobertSchell

    Well, Dakich and McCallum both just signed “revised contracts', which IU will pay them through next season, and, even if DD doesn't get the job, he'll still work for the athletic department, as an article in the IDS said today –

    “…If Dakich is not retained on the coaching staff, or as the director of basketball operations, he will continue to be employed by the athletic department through June 30, 2009, in a non-sales administrative employment position reporting to Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan…”
    link to the article – http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=49726

    Personally, I think Danny Boy would have to make a pretty impressive run in the Big Dance for him to be a consideration for leading contender for the head coach position….(more than just a win against UNC)

  • He's on Sporting News radio.

    Fortunately for me, his show comes on at 9, thus cutting short two of the idiots in the morning commute time. Unfortunately for me, my office has a no radio policy.

  • But, if Sandy listens to her radio while she's filing, I should be able to listen to mine at a reasonable volume while I'm collating…

  • Big A, big ups for the Sean Miller shoutout.

  • kylehornsbyrules

    dan dakich should be our athletic director

  • southsidehitmen


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  • ALH_00

    Big A…not to be too nit-picky, but wasn't the “magical tournament run” in 2002…after Mike Davis' had already been hired full-time and his second year as head coach (if you count the “interim” year)?

  • Don't get me wrong. Dakich is a great guy, but he just doesn't have the experience that an IU coach needs. Granted the Minnesota game was kinda iffy, the Penn State game should never have been put down as a loss for the Hoosiers.

    If Mike & Mike wanna say hey, just cuz he came on our show he should stay as the coach, that's fine with me. But until we see some real results (tourney time could be it) then I think the search for another coach should continue.

  • Good point and yes, you are correct.

  • Ryan_Btown

    I love Mike & Mike as much as the next guy but let's be honest…I don't believe I saw either of their names on the comittee and to be honest, I'm not sure some of those names on the comittee know who Mike & Mike are. I think we're safe….for now…

  • You should have told him you meant the 2001 Big Ten Tournament. That Illinois game probably put Davis over the top.

  • tberry

    Dakich = NOT!!!

    Mike and Mike are DJs whose job is to talk and say outrageous things to make people listen.

    Dakich is a good guy but is not a good enough coach to take IU back to being one of the very best.

    Hire a coach who has been a proven winner where ever he has coached and the likely hood is that he will make IU a winner again.

  • southsidehitmen

    Dakich also was on the Waddle and Silvy show today on espnradio1000.

    The podcast can be found on their website, they also interview Steve Alford.

    It's not terrible of an interview, you get some pretty good insight on how Double D is feeling it.

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree with IU beats UNC we should give Dakich the job and post IU's Banner in assembly hall…..OH wait…that is just a 2nd round victory…do we celebrate those or is that for Purdue to do????

    I love Mike and Mike, but they get emotionally caught up sometimes and this is another case of that…..I cannot see a scenario that Dakich gets the job and the only way he should be CONSIDERED is a FINAL 4 APPEARANCE…..key word CONSIDERED.

  • BrianK

    I think he has more than enough experience, but, in the eperience he has he hasn't done anythign outstanding. His coaching record doesn't stand out as saying “hey big time program pick me” It says ” hey I'll shuffle aorund in the mid majors as a head coach for 30 years”

  • BrianK

    I think he has more than enough experience, but, in the eperience he has he hasn't done anythign outstanding. His coaching record doesn't stand out as saying “hey big time program pick me” It says ” hey I'll shuffle aorund in the mid majors as a head coach for 30 years”