ESPN is examining alleged comments by college basketball analyst Dan Dakich last week in an argument over monetary compensation – or lack thereof – to college athletes. During the back-and-forth, Dakich attacked several academics who disagreed with him, using Twitter and his Indianapolis radio show to do so.
Asked if Dakich would be appearing on the network’s shows this week, an ESPN spokesperson told USA Today: “We take this issue very seriously and are reviewing it.”
The argument revolved around Duke star Jalen Johnson. Johnson announced in February that he would spend the remainder of the college basketball season and declare himself for the 2021 NBA Draft. On February 20, Dakich tweeted: “Tell me again how Duke is not better without Jalen Johnson. “
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Duke, speaker and host of the “End of Sport” podcast, Dr Nathan Kalman-Lamb called out Dakich and another sports reporter for building their careers “entirely on unpaid youth work” which, Kalman-Lamb continued, “Also happily attempt to publicly humiliate. “
Here are some other people so unrepentant that their careers rely entirely on the unpaid work of young people that they will happily attempt to publicly humiliate them. pic.twitter.com/o0DCwDmeSn
– Nathan Kalman-Lamb (@nkalamb) February 24, 2021
During the argument, Dakich tore Dr Kalman-Lamb and his podcast co-host Dr Johanna Mellis apart, apparently using sexist and misogynistic language during the back-and-forth. Dakich later deleted his Twitter account.
Dakich played college basketball for Indiana under coach Bob Knight from 1981 to 1985. He was an assistant coach at Indiana under Knight when the program won a national title in 1987. He was head coach for more. from a decade before becoming the interim head coach of Indiana in late 2008.
He currently hosts Dakich’s “The Dan Dakich Show” on ESPN radio’s affiliate in Indianapolis, WFNI. It is also heard in this market on The Fan 93.5. In November 2010, Dakich joined ESPN as a color commentator and studio analyst for his college basketball coverage.
In October 2019, Dakich was suspended from his show for failing to “adhere to journalistic principles” of WFNI.
More recently, Dakich, commenting on the dismissal of a high school basketball coach, called a player a “methhead” and threatened, “I can just drive in there and beat all the school board members. . ” He also said the town where the high school was located was full of “meth, AIDS and needles.”
At one point there was a Change.org petition for ESPN to prohibit Dackich from advertising IU games.