Dakich press conference


Dakich isn’t concerned with Sampson texting the players.

“Coach Sampson’s a pro,” Dakich says. “And the players have acted the same way.”

Dakich says that D.J. White has taken this a little bit harder than the rest of the players. Because he knows what the families are going through.

Also, Dakich thought any criticism of the players who didn’t go to practice was unfair.

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Coach Bill Lynch emailed Dakich yesterday. They’re going to talk about recruiting some day soon, and about this process as a whole.

Dakich has been speaking to the signed players.

Yesterday, while he and Ray McCallum were on the road, Dakich says they called the compliance office 16 times to make sure they were doing everything by the book.

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Dakich left on a recruiting trip yesterday.

He asked White to come in to chat today. Why?

“He’s really fun to talk to,” he said.

Interesting note: you can hear the construction going on above the media room. Progress on the new basketball practice facility.

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As for Mike White, Dakich hopes to get him more playing time.

“He’s been valuable all year,” he says.

But there’s suddenly a jam at that position. Indiana’s got a lot of guys who can fill a role there.

On Gordon: Dakich doesn’t think he has hit a freshman wall.

“I don’t worry about Eric,” he says. “He competes.”

Dakich also doesn’t think that Gordon is bothered by the wrap on his wrist.

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Interesting story.

Dakich was so sure that Kyle Taber would eventually get a chance to play for this team that he made him a promise.

If Taber didn’t play, Dakich would have kissed his backside while standing on Kirkwood.

Luckily for both of them, Taber has played.

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What makes Michigan State so tough to beat in East Lansing?

“They have great players and they have a great coach,” Dakich says.

Dakich is concerned about the psychological effect of Indiana’s prior win against Michigan State.

“Does it mean they play harder and we think, hey we beat these guys already,” Dakich says. “We can’t let that enter into it.”

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Dakich says the Hoosiers’ focus is to win out. They aren’t thinking about the rest of the Big Ten race.

“We focus on what we can control,” he says.

Dakich had a long talk with D.J. White today. White says that his weight is up from where it was. Still, the Hoosiers will have a light practice today and White might not even take part.

Now Dakich is reflecting on just how difficult the last two games were.

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Dan Dakich has joined us here.

Thoughts on Michigan State.

“We have to play well,” he says about the MSU game. “We have to continue to get better as we go through this. That has been the recurring theme throughout the season.”

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8 comments:

  • ChronicHoosier #1


    Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:42 PM EDT

    Can you please ask DD what is up with the refs swallowing their whistles on us lately?!? It seems like we’re playing 5 v. 8 most games. Any insight?

  • Jared #2


    Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:54 PM EDT

    probably because we whine more than any team in the big ten. gordon and crawford probably cost us 4 points from quitting on a play or sulking about a no call and not getting back in transition.

    This isn’t meant to bash them, but it is the truth. Aside from that I love those guys and I think this team can do great things to finish the year.

  • Swampy #3


    Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 3:28 PM EDT

    Gordon and Crawford have only recently started acting up after bad calls, and I don’t blame them one bit. The officiating across the nation has been unarguably miserable this year, and the Big Ten has been home to the worst of the worst.
    That said, nothing will top the end of the UNC/Maryland game about a month ago. I have no doubt that the refs were actively trying to call the game in UNC’s favor. If I were Gary Williams, I would have had a rage stroke. I think there are still some clips up on YouTube if you don’t believe me.

  • Mikie #4


    Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 3:55 PM EDT

    whoopie Lynch the terrible hire contacted Dakich. Geeze thanks. I guess we have nothing left to worry about now!

  • Swampy #5


    Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 4:32 PM EDT

    You’re really smart, Mikie. Would you be so kind as to tell us all the other things you know that the I.U. athletic department doesn’t?

  • Kenny_G #6


    Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 6:55 PM EDT

    Lynch to DD: “When it comes to recruiting, do the exact opposite of what I do and you’ll have the top recruiting classes in the Big Ten.”

  • IU Jimmy #7


    Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 7:37 PM EDT

    I’m getting pretty tired of the idiotic Lynch bashing. Its fine if you question hiring him, but some of the crap posted here is absurd. If you’re going to bash his recruiting, then you should’ve bashed Coach Hep. EVERY one of his classes was ranked last in the Big Ten.

  • Mikie #8


    Friday, February 29, 2008 - 9:52 AM EDT

    Hes a terrible hire, but it was the cheap option, so IU chose to go in that direction. Nothing wrong with saving money, but we arent going in the right direction with the fball program. Another cupcake schedule means nothing next year

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