The Man Who Stopped Michael

Posted: February 12, 2013 by MissLane8 in IU Mens Basketball
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If there’s one name anyone knows in basketball history, it’s Michael Jordan. The man, the myth, the legend, himself. Imagine being the designated player to guard him with the only pre-game instruction being,

“Just don’t let him dunk on you. That will embarrass you and me both.”

Now imagine that advice coming from the one and only, Coach Bob Knight. Yeah, I think I would puke,too, and that’s exactly what Former Hoosier Dan Dakich said he did when he went back to his room after this gut wrenching conversation with Coach Knight.

Dakich didn’t disappoint, though. This Hoosier held THE Michael Jordan to only 13 points and caused him to foul out! With MJ out of the game, Dakich led IU to an upset over No. 1 University of North Carolina.

It’s safe to say the athlete was addicted to Indiana. After his years of eligibility, Dakich coached under Knight as a grad student for 2 years and then 10 more years as assistant coach.

He spent some time at Bowling Green State University as head coach, but it wasn’t long before he itched to be back in his home state.

After the—dare I say it again—Kelvin Sampson era, Dakich was named interim head coach for Indiana for the remainder of 2008. Once he was back in the Hoosier state, it turns out he was back for good. Do any of us blame him?

Broadcasting out of Indianapolis,Dakich now host his own program on 1070 The Fan (ESPN radio affiliate), “The Dan Dakich Show.” He also does podcasts that you can find online radio’s website. After working for the Big Ten Network for the 2009-10 college basketball season, he joined ESPN’s team as a color commentator and studio analyst.


Dakich is still with ESPN today, you can find him commentating college hoops, speaking his mind on the Indy AM station 1070 The Fan, or tweeting from @dandakich.

  1. Jeff Johnson says:

    As DD would say … “Nice!”

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