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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”