Assuming that most Hoosiers fans can eventually get some of this season’s Big Ten Network games at home – and that is far from a safe assumption – you will get to see one of your, umm, favorite basketball personalities analyzing the games — Gene Keady.
With the IU-Purdue rivalry heating back up with the arrival of Sampson and Painter, what could be more delightful than having Gene Keady in your living room to share his unbiased view of the action on the court?
Here’s today’s news release from the BTN:
CHICAGO â€“ Three Big Ten basketball figures who enjoyed tremendous success as a player or coach will serve as Big Ten Network menâ€™s basketball analysts this season. The roster includes legendary former Purdue coach Gene Keady; Jimmy Jackson, Ohio Stateâ€™s former two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and 14-year NBA veteran; and former Northwestern star Tim Doyle.
Keady, Jackson and Doyle will join Dave Revsine in the Big Ten Networkâ€™s downtown Chicago studios to anchor the networkâ€™s doubleheader coverage on most Wednesdays and Saturdays. In addition, the trio will serve as analysts on selected game broadcasts during the season and regularly appear on BIG TEN TONIGHT. The announcement was made Wednesday by network president Mark Silverman and executive producer Leon Schweir.
â€œFans will really enjoy the unique perspective that each one of these men brings to the table. All three have a deep understanding of the Big Ten, its history and its rivalries,â€ Silverman said. â€œWeâ€™re tremendously delighted to have Gene, Jimmy and Tim join our team.â€
Schweir added: â€œGiven their individual experiences, we think each member of this team can provide unique insight and perspective. We have a coach who spent 25 years in the Big Ten, a player who in his conference career and for 14 years afterwards competed against some of the best players in the world and someone who played in the Big Ten as recently as last year. Weâ€™re excited to have three individuals with such outstanding Big Ten basketball credentials.â€
Keady, 71, coached against both of his new co-analysts during his 25 years as the head coach at Purdue. He led the Boilermakers to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and six Big Ten Championships (1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995 and 1996). Keadyâ€™s 265 Big Ten victories ranks second in Big Ten history. A six-time national coach of the year, Keady retired after the 2004-05 season with a 512-270 record at Purdue. The former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) also served as an assistant coach on the 2000 United States Olympic gold medal team.
Jackson, 37, was the 1991 and 1992 Big Ten Player of the Year at Ohio State. A two-time first-team All-American, Jackson averaged more than 19 points per game and led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years in Columbus. The native of Toledo, Ohio, turned pro a year early and was the fourth overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1992 NBA Draft. He played 14 years in the NBA.
Doyle, 25, lettered three times at Northwestern (2005-07) and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior. Doyle is one of 14 players in Big Ten history, joining Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Scott Skiles, to record 350 points, 150 assists, 100 rebounds and 50 steals in one season. Doyle set a new Northwestern single season record for assists with 157. The native of Merrick, N.Y., was a member of St. Johnâ€™s 2003 NIT Championship team before transferring to Northwestern.