Dan Dakich calls out almost the entire top echelon of college coaching

Submitted by MGlobules on September 28th, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Wonders where the sport's HOF coaches are tonight, why they aren't on TV and radio screaming in anger about cheating; says they are lying low until they see if they are implicated. Includes Izzo in the mix. Scathing: 


(It's the very top most recent cast.)

Writer Jeff Goodman, calling in, says many HCs are calling him, worried. Bluntly says the NCAA targets small schools for infractions because big schools bring the org huge revenue. 

Was skeptical, but this thing really has legs. 

EDIT: Dakich is emphatic that he's not saying that all coaches are dirty. Thought I'd throw that in because that does seem to be the purport of his opening comments (as other callers note).  Also says Beilein is very clean. 


Mike Damone

September 28th, 2017 at 7:42 PM ^

you imagine being guilty of taking these bribes, getting interviewed by the FBI, and then watching people you are linked to start getting subpeonas and cutting deals?  The pressure and fear caused by waiting for that call or knock on the door has to be immense. I can't fathom having to get up every morning and living like that, day after day.

As John Cougar Mellencamp once sang:  "an honest man's pillow is his piece of mind".

901 P

September 28th, 2017 at 7:35 PM ^

Yeah, I'm a little surprised by all the hand-wringing from sports writers, journalists, etc. It seems like everyone knew this stuff was happening, and everyone knew that some coaches were especially brazen. Never a peep from the folks at ESPN or anything, but now that the story breaks they are OUTRAGED!!!! that this could happen.

Counterpoint: it would have been weird for Dakich or others to rail on Pitino during a national TV broadcast absent some kind of hard evidence. Now that they evidence is available they are free to express their outrage. 

901 P

September 28th, 2017 at 9:35 PM ^

Not sure those are really comparable. Unless you mean that commentators knew that there were gay football players but didn't want to talk about it until they came out?

But I don't tihnk that's what you are saying--you seem to be incorporating politics into a discussion that hasn't been all that political (notwithstanding the question of whether college athletes should be paid, which is of course political). 


September 28th, 2017 at 8:28 PM ^

This is one of those situations where a sudden, unexpected development can suddenly turn into a litmus test of someone's character.

The corruption in general was a poorly kept, basically open secret to anyone who really paid attention.

The beautiful-ish thing about it is that no matter what stance someone took in the past, the present suddenly brings righteous judgment. Feigning surprise/ignorance while maximizing pageviews? Clinical opportunist. Raised repeated alarms that didn't garner attention until the whole thing exploded? Shows some integrity.


September 28th, 2017 at 8:33 PM ^

He's a failed college coach. For him to rail about this stuff without evidence would have come off as whining, and it would have done no good whatsoever. But he also has to be particularly rankled--his unwillingness to play in this sandbox is one of the reasons he failed.


September 29th, 2017 at 5:44 PM ^

There's floating a kid ten bucks so he can buy himself a couple of Big Macs and fries, and there's dropping 100 grand to land a five-star. How did Abar Rouse put it? "I drew the line at a dead body."

As far Dakich, I find it hard to believe he's the only coach that ever found himself in that situation but he's the only one I know of that walked right back out the door.


September 28th, 2017 at 8:58 PM ^

and calls out people like Dick Vitale who he says have long known. He was accused of not outing someone at one stop, but said the NCAA had already investigated, and that the appropriate thing was to start the new job. Also describes being pressured to cheat at several jobs. And praises Bobby Knight for being clean, even thought he doesn't like him. 

Goodman also notes being asked why he doesn't out the misconduct, and describes the various legal and resource pressures. 

Leave it to others to decide what they think. 


September 29th, 2017 at 8:31 AM ^

Wait a sec; let me check.  What is one of the duties in his job description?  [rustle, rustle]  Ah. here it is, "sports journalism."

On the other hand, he is the first sports journalist to speak up.  Yeah, they all should have been doing their jobs a long time ago.  But, we all know how important the first person speaking out can be, and how many people will open up after the first one sticks his/her neck out.


September 29th, 2017 at 9:52 AM ^

He also works for a company that generates considerable income from broadcasting college basketball games. Anybody at ESPN that starts accusing programs of cheating without damn good evidence isn't going to have a mic to talk into for long.


September 28th, 2017 at 7:13 PM ^

Am annoyed his son left to play at OSU. What's the story with that? Did we not have a scholarship for him? And it's not as if he's getting playing time, so why would OSU give him one.


September 28th, 2017 at 9:53 PM ^

not to mention the original plan for him 2 years ago was to redshirt then transfer. when Caris went down, Dakich was forced to burn his redshirt and basically anchor him here.

this kid gave up his eligibility to stay at UofM and hekp when injuries hit. be thankful for the effort he gave, and dont hold the grudge about where he went.

Everyone Murders

September 29th, 2017 at 8:11 AM ^

The reason he didn't stay at Michigan isn't, from what I understand, just about the scholarship.  It's also about his role on the team.

They need him on their two-deep at OSU.  / Throws up in own mouth. /  Any player like Dakich wants minutes, and there were going to be precious few minutes in Ann Arbor for Dakich this year. 


September 28th, 2017 at 7:27 PM ^

As I recall, a lot of this has to do with Dakich and grad school, and I think he was almost set to go to Quinnipiac but couldn't get a spot in the graduate program for journalism. Then, he was looking at Butler just in time for their coach to go to Ohio State (he was being recruited by Butler, I believe), and of course, OSU has a sports coaching graduate program that also interested Dakich. 

Mike Damone

September 28th, 2017 at 7:32 PM ^

lets be annoyed at a great kid who gave it all as a walk on, busted his ass every day at practice to make our team better, and is a tremendous representative of U-M. 

As we were not offering a scholarship, it is almost impossible to believe he would give up his chance for another year of free education and playing hoops at Quinnipiac, a basketball powerhouse, to go to (sigh of disgust) Ohio State, where they actually needed him as a backup guard. 

Damn him!!!