Dan Dakich takes studio job with Big Ten Network

November 20, 2009
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Former Indiana University and Bowling Green basketball coach Dan Dakich is becoming more entrenched in a broadcast career.
 
Dakich, who has been hosting a mid-day (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) sports-talk radio show on WFNI-AM 1070 since Oct. 6, 2008, moved his family in June from Bloomington to Zionsville to be closer to the Emmis Communications broadcast facilities in downtown Indianapolis.

This week, Dakich signed a deal to be a weekend in-studio college basketball analyst for the Big Ten Network. Dakich did limited work for the Big Ten Network last year, but will be one of the primary analysts this season.

Dakich is the second former IU coach to work as a studio analyst for the Chicago-based network. Former IU football coach Gerry DiNardo serves in that role during football season.

“I really enjoy the TV work and I’m looking forward to the season,” Dakich said. “But this won’t affect my radio show. I plan to be [on WFNI] for a while.”
 

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  • Interesting then that he made comments on WIBC recently indicting Big Ten Officials as a whole as a group more worried about pleasing coaches so they did not get demoted to the lower levels of refereeing.

    I would think the B10 would take a dim view of those comments.
  • D.D.
    Indyman, c'mon. That is a guys opinion. He's a coach, so his views are biased. Same as his opinions on his radio show. His views are based on his experience on coaching. He doesn't always see the big picture.
  • Understand, but the B10 like most conferences are sensitive about how their leagues are viewed. Just seems odd that they would pick him when he has ripped on the league. Actually it is kind of refreshing that they picked him despite those thoughts. Curious to see if they let him air those views on the network.
  • refreshing
    Dakich is a refreshing hire in a way. I think he needs to improve his on-air delivery, but the people in Indiana seem to like him a lot. And it is refreshing to see the Big Ten Network has retained (at least seemingly) a measure of independence. That may be Fox's doing. Remeber, they have a big financial stake here.
  • DiNardo
    Dakich is a good dude, and he couldn't be any worse than Gerry DiNardo. I think he'll do fine on the Network.

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