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Dan Dakich Speaks After Departing 107.5 The Fan: ‘I Had to Make A Choice’

“It was very simple. I am a guy that likes to start things. I am a guy that likes to develop things.”

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It was announced yesterday that Dan Dakich had departed 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis, and would turn his attention solely to his digital show Don’t @ Me with OutKick. On that show Friday morning, Dakich detailed his exit from his longtime Indianapolis radio home.

“Yesterday, I had to make a choice,” Dakich said. “I knew this was coming. I had to make a choice. I was doing two shows, I was doing an afternoon show and I was doing a morning show. And thank you for supporting them both…but I made the choice, I chose OutKick.

“It was very simple. I am a guy that likes to start things. I am a guy that likes to develop things. 14 years in the saddle from Noon to 3:00 — actually it started from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM — at Emmis Communications. As my wife said, ‘You know what? That’s played out’. So when we were discussing what we were gonna do when the time came — when I was asked to make a choice — there really was no choice.”

Dakich said he was appreciative of the people running Radio One, which purchased The Fan, along with the entire Indianapolis cluster, from Emmis Communications earlier this year. However, Dakich said Emmis was “home” to the former college basketball coach.

“I love the people at Radio One — it was great — but I really loved the people at Emmis. Emmis is home to me. Jeff Smulyan and all of my co-workers there. Absolutely home. We changed ownership. I got a new job — I’m here, on OutKick. So yesterday — after my show — it was presented to me. I said ‘Look, I’m going to OutKick’. They said ok. Last show was yesterday.”

He concluded by noting he continues to be amazed that he is such a polarizing figure to many who cover sports media.

“I’m so dumb, I told Leigh (Dakich’s spouse) ‘no biggie’. Then I realized ‘Oh wait, this is gonna be big news’, which always fascinates me. It absolutely fascinates me that my life is such big news, but it is. Cover of The Indy Star, USA Today about the controversial host. It’s great, I love it, and I’m always fascinated by it.”

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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