"I Got No Respect for Him": Tom Izzo Goes off on ESPN Analyst Dan Dakich
Dan Dakich tweeted that MSU students couldn't get into Michigan, and that did not sit well with Tom Izzo.
During Michigan State's 74-66 win against Ohio State in East Lansing, the student section—The Izzone—chanted "Dakich." The chant was in reference to former Indiana coach Dan Dakich, who in addition to calling games for ESPN, also spends his time on Twitter talking about how iron workers work harder than athletes or something because LeBron James took a day off one time. He also apparently shit-talked the Spartans, a day after calling a game between MSU and their rival Michigan. Dakich's son Andrew, by the way, plays for Michigan.
So when Spartans fans got back on their own court with Dakich on the call, they hammered him. In his post-game press conference, Izzo began by taking a moment to light up Dakich. Izzo didn't know what all the chants were about during the game, but he got caught up to speed after he asked someone in the locker room and they showed him the tweet above—which had already been deleted because Dakich is a goober.
"If I woulda known that before the game, I would have embarrassed myself almost as much as he embarrassed himself, and I would have led the chants. Because calling us whiners and that is kind of unprofessional. Classy broadcasters wouldn't even think to do something like that on TV. But saying our students couldn't get in there, and he's doing games for Michigan when his son's there? That is a disappointment and that is ridiculous. And I think it's funny because, I got no respect for him for that and I'm gonna publicly say it...I'm surprised ESPN would let somebody say something like that that works for them...Danny owes our fans and our students and apology....but I would have loved to get in that Izzone and join those chants."
You really have to hand it to Izzone for being able to seamlessly transition from "I'm not made, I actually think this is funny" to an absolutely withering takedown.