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5 things to know about Dan Dakich, ESPN analyst being investigated for controversial comments

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Sports talk show host and ESPN color analyst Dan Dakich is being investigated by the network for comments he made on Twitter and his WFNI The Fan radio show this week.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of looking into it,” ESPN spokesperson Anna Negron said after Dakich engaged in a back-and-forth with three college professors.

Nathan Kalman-Lamb, a lecturing fellow at Duke University, accusing Dakich of misogyny in a Twitter exchange with Dr. Johanna Mellis, an assistant professor in the history department at Ursinus College who hosts a a podcast on sports and labor issues. 

ESPN is investigating Dan Dakich for comments he made on Twitter and his WFNI The Fan radio show.

Here are five things to know about Dakich:

Dan Dakich quit as West Virginia’s coach after a week

Dakich was hired by West Virginia in April of 2002 but quit on April 12, citing a possible NCAA rule violation according to an Associated Press story, and returned to coach at Bowling Green. 

“We are deeply shocked and disappointed in coach Dakich’s decision,” West Virginia president David Hardesty said in The Associated Press story.

Dakich later said there was more to his decision.

Dakich told The New York Times in 2012 that Jonathan Hargett, a star recruit, had been promised $20,000 a year for three years and that he was tired of people “owning” him. A university investigation determined Hargett had received money from a runner for an agent.

Here is more from the story:

After speaking with Hargett, Dakich approached David Hardesty, then the university’s president. Dakich said he told Hardesty about Western Union receipts that seemed to show Hargett had received money in violation of N.C.A.A. rules. He also relayed Hargett’s comments that the university had not paid him money that had been promised to him.

Dakich recalls Hardesty telling him, “If you go any farther with this, we’ll destroy you.”

Hardesty called Dan and Jackie (then Dan’s wife) Dakich’s story a “gross exaggeration.” He said he remembered the meeting as one where he was trying to keep Dakich at West Virginia.

“I cannot remember the words that were said,” he said. “I did not intend to threaten him. At no time in this process did I do that. That would be so strange.”

Virginia's Othell Wilson (left), moves the ball past Indiana's Dan Dakich during early action of the NCAA East Regional in 1984. (AP Photo)

Dan Dakich stops Michael Jordan in 1984 NCAA Tournament

Michael Jordan averaged 19.6 points on 55.1% shooting and 5.3 rebounds for a North Carolina team that went 28-3 and was ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll in 1983-84.

But he shot 6-of-14 for 13 points and a single rebound in a 72-68 loss in his final college game.

Dakich was guarding him.

“Coach is kind of pacing up and down talking about the starting lineup,” Dakich said in “Game of My Life” for Inside Indiana Magazine. “He said, ‘(Steve) Alford, you’ve got Kenny Smith. Marty Simmons, you’ve got Matt Doherty. Uwe (Blab), you’ve got Brad Daugherty. Dakich, you’ve got Jordan.

“He got this sick look on his face.”

Dakich averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 assists per game and was not a regular starter. Dakich acknowledges he got plenty of help but the defense on Jordan was a key part in the Hoosiers’ upset victory.



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