Report: Dan Dakich joining ESPN as TV analyst

  • 07/21/2010 2:48 pm in

EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 02:  Dan Dakich head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers talks with Armon Basett #1, Jordan Crawford #5 and Eric Gordon #23 during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center March 2, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 103-74.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

According to a report by Rick Bozich of The Louisville-Courier Journal, former Indiana interim coach Dan Dakich is joining ESPN as a television analyst.

Dakich currently hosts The Dan Dakich Show on ESPN 1070 in Indianapolis (and it’s expected that he’ll continue this job), played at Indiana from 1981-1985 and served as an assistant coach under Bob Knight for 12 seasons.

Although Dakich’s role hasn’t been formally announced, speculation is that he’ll work Big Ten games and also do some work in the studio:

My people at ESPN say that his role has not yet been defined, but I’d expect to see Dakich work some Big Ten games because he knows the league well. There is an opening there with Steve Lavin leaving to coach St. John’s. I would expect he will also work in the studio.

Like the move for Dan and for ESPN. He did a stellar job in the studio last year for the Big Ten Network and is an avid supporter of our efforts here at Inside the Hall. It won’t be easy to fill Lavin’s shoes (if that’s indeed the spot he’s taking), but Dakich will certainly add a great deal of knowledge and insight to ESPN broadcasts.

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  • Plane1972

    Get ready to hear the “Dakich shut down Jordan” story several times this year through no fault of his own.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think Dakich will do very well as long as he is matched up with the right guy….you WON'T see Dakich and Dickie V, that may result into violence. Would have loved to see him and Fish but good for Dak, thanks to KS got caught in a bad situation and has bounced back.

  • Doug

    Good for Dan! Selfishly hope he does continue to do his radio gig at 1070 as reported as I love his no bs attitude.

  • slikyslim222

    Handled a very tough situation and deserves better. Good to see and an excellent pick-up by espn. Maybe they should team him with Dickie V and Dakich could stick a towel into his overactive mouth. :o)

  • BaseballBuc

    Dakich will be a color commentator not a play by play guy so they probably won't put him with dickie v because he is a color guy as well.

  • Luke72

    Sounds like a great opportunity. He may not be that busy since ESPN is now the ACC Network. Feel as though they have always been biased for the ACC anyway. Dan is very good on air and will do a great job. Really hope that maybe he can bring some balance to their broadcasts. Over the years hearing the ESPN folks put down the Big Ten makes me cringe everytime the Hoosiers have a game on their network .

  • Teevs

    I think Dakich will do great with a guy like Musburger in our league. It will be positive exposure for IU too. Go Hoosiers!

  • Jerryfromfranklin

    Good for Dan and a Great hire by espn…He will do an outstanding job.

  • cooper

    this may be the funniest thing I've ever heard. He is beyond horrible. He'll be on ESPNU at midnight west coast time

  • Actually, it sounds like he might be calling Big Ten games in primetime.

  • Dirk

    That was my first thought. Good for Dan- his radio show is fantastic, and he was great on the Big Ten Network.

  • Dirk

    That was my first thought. Good for Dan- his radio show is fantastic, and he was great on the Big Ten Network.

  • Dirk

    I saw Dakich tell that story at the old timers club dinner a year ago. Certainly it wasn't the first time he's told the story. After the game was over he was interviewed on the court with Knight and Alford and was asked how he shut down MJ and Dakich's response- “It wasn't that hard!” The room exploded. Funny guy.

  • marcusgresham

    I'd have it put in my contract that I'm working with Erin Andrews!

    Seriously, I see him doing pretty well with someone like a Dan Schulman who's pretty straightforward and willing to let his partner speak. I hope (and I'm sure he will,) he keeps his opinions as strongly as he has them on the radio. I don't hate Vitale as much as some, (but I do hate Raftery, who wants to be Vitale,) but it will be good to hear someone who's not a kissass.

  • Luke72

    Replying to my own post is a bit odd but after reading it it sounds pretty negative. Have alot of admiration for Dan and wish him the best. Think the way he came in and took care of business after the disaster showed how much he really cared about IU! Thanks Dan for a tough job well done!

  • millzy32

    Sadly you may be right but unfortunately the Big Ten hasn't shown much to make them change their attitude until last year. With IU and Michigan both being down in the Big Ten over the last several years it makes it hard to compete with the ACC as proven by the standings in the Challenge.

    The Big Ten won the challenge for the first time in 2009, ending the ten-year ACC stronghold in the challenge.

    The Big Ten has a lot in common with the National League. Won the last one baby. Can only look forward from here. With IU getting better hopefully the Big Ten can start winning this challenge on a regular basis and then maybe ESPN will switch this so called bias. They do love frontrunners.

  • millzy32

    If by horrible you actually mean great then I agree. Actually his is a little dry but I love dry humor and he is a no nonsense kind of speak from the hip guy. Would be great to get some real perspective from someone instead of the sugar coated drivel you get from Dickie V.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Having women contractually obligated to work with you is a great way to start something. And by “something” I mean “restraining orders.”