Dan Dakich has escaped punishment and will return to calling games on ESPN after being in hot water over his latest Twitter and radio outburst, according to Ben Koo of Awful Announcing.
The news came on Wednesday as ESPN released their college basketball schedule for this week with Dakich scheduled to call two games; Kent State at Buffalo on ESPNU on Friday and Virginia at Louisville on Saturday.
As previously reported by BSM’s Brandon Contes, the issue involving Dakich started when Duke lecturing fellow Nathan Kalman-Lamb called out a number of college basketball analysts who were critical of Jalen Johnson’s decision to opt-out mid-season and leave the Duke Blue Devils.
A Twitter feud began before Dakich escalated the situation by firing back harsh comments on his radio show, WFNI The Fan in Indianapolis, directed toward Kalman-Lamb. Dakich deleted his Twitter account after the incident and has yet to return.
ESPN addressed the situation directly with Dakich, voicing their concerns. But as Koo notes, “the heart of the issue is the idea that ESPN can seemingly look past what Dakich says online and on his radio show, and continue to employ him as a national college basketball analyst.”
Koo also makes the argument that the overall amount of criticism Dakich has faced has largely been because of comments he’s made either on Twitter or on his radio show, not on ESPN broadcasts.