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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