Dan Dakich on Mark Thomas Show

Dan Dakich was on the Mark Thomas (99.9 The Fan) show today and, we learned two things: he really likes Karl Hess a lot, and he doesn’t care if State fans and players dislike him.

We also learned that, based on his response, Dakich clearly doesn’t know Hess was in fact reprimanded by the ACC for mishandling this.

Full audio (wralSPORTSfan.com).

Mark Thomas asks Dakich to explain why he thought Karl Hess made the right move tossing Corchiani and Gugliotta last winter.


Well, why’d he make the wrong move? I’ve been in it 25 years and I’ve never seen where a referee, uh, throws guys out for no reason. So, there must have been a reason somewhere, and I’m a big fan of Karl Hess. I’m not a big fan of every referee, and I’ve had referees that, you know, won’t speak to me before games, which is cool with me, either way, I mean, it doesn’t matter to me who speaks to me or who doesn’t speak to me. Uh, but nobody’s told me why he made the wrong move. And my sense is, is, being around, hmm, since, uh, ’82, that I’ve never seen where a referee’s done it. And I’m personally, I coach summer basketball, go around the country coaching kids, I’m kind of tired of people in the stands yelling, and if that was the case, then good for Hess, uh, doing what he thinks he needed to do…

I understand that people defend stars from their school. I totally get that, they can do no wrong, and I understand that, believe me I understand that…so I get the whole star thing, and uh, and uh, and a thing, but I like Karl Hess a lot, I’ve always liked Karl Hess. Karl Hess did my games back in Bowling Green. So, I’m sure there’s a story that North Carolina State fans have, I’m sure there’s a story that Corchiani and Gugliotta have. That’s great, good for them, they should, you’ve gotta come up with some spin when you get embarrassed. I understand that. But I like Karl Hess a lot, I think he’s a terrific ref and I stand up to anybody as a referee that doesn’t take nonsense from people in the stands.

Thomas replies:

Yeah, and I respect that, and obviously —

Dakich cuts Thomas off:

Uh, well let me tell you something. Whether you respect it or not is cool with me either way. But, uh, you know, I thought we [garbled] when you sent me this thing, you said we were gonna talk about ACC basketball, not two guys getting thrown out of a gym. So if you’d like to do that, I’m more than happy to do that. If you want to talk about two ex heroes getting embarrassed, you know, that’s on you guys.


Sure. But you know, you had to know we were also gonna bring it up, correct?


Uh, doesn’t matter to me, I don’t pay attention to it, any of it. You ask me a question I give you an answer.

After talking a few moments (positively) about Lorenzo Brown, Thomas then asks if being disliked is part of the business for a color analyst.


You know, I don’t know, I know the North Carolina State people are all like 12 years old on Twitter hating me, they’re all like college kids. So why would I worry about that?

Like on Twitter, North Carolina State fans kill me. And I always look on the bio of the person, there’s, you know, usually like a, I don’t know, a college kid or something. Who cares? Why do I care if some 18 or 22 year old doesn’t like me?

I know there’s a couple guys, North Carolina State players don’t like me. But who cares about that? I mean, why would that make any difference to me? I don’t know ’em, I’ll never know ’em. If they knew me they’d really like me. But so what?

So, in summary, here’s what we learned about Dakich:
*He likes Karl Hess. A lot.
*He doesn’t like it when fans yell.
*He gets bullied on Twitter by 12 year olds.
*He doesn’t care if State fans or players like him.
*But, if we only knew him, we’d like him.

This topic, among others, is being discussed on the SFN Forums.

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48 Responses to Dan Dakich on Mark Thomas Show

  1. fullmoon1 12/21/2012 at 5:39 PM #

    But state fans are delusional for thinking announcers and refs don’t like them. He just proved it. I haven’t the patience for empty suits like him. I’m on twitter, I dislike him and I’m way past 20.

  2. sequoyah 12/21/2012 at 5:56 PM #

    like chill out, dude.. it’s like, it’s not just not all about liking, man

  3. wufpak04 12/21/2012 at 6:15 PM #

    We also learned he’s a class A douche.

  4. Rick 12/21/2012 at 6:16 PM #

    I am waiting for all the Dakich lovers on this site to come rushing to his defense like they did before.

    He is an idiot. I hope he does not last long. Maybe some hard up college will give him a job so he just disappears because we all know he will fail miserably at it. Anyone as consistently negative as he is will never succeed at actual work.

  5. state73 12/21/2012 at 6:28 PM #

    Young people don’t like him? Hell I am past 60 and I think he is a blowhard. He is full of himself (shit)!

  6. MrPlywood 12/21/2012 at 6:40 PM #

    re: “So, there must have been a reason somewhere”

    Of course there was a reason. Hess is a thin-skinned egomaniac.

  7. Wolf74 12/21/2012 at 6:41 PM #

    Don’t care at all what Dakich has to say. Don’t give a rats a** if he cares or not. Hess is nothing but a UNC-CHeats homer. He has demonstrated this again and again. He is a poor ref BUT that is nothing new because Swofford has made sure to load the ACC with a bunch of sorry refs. The ACC was much better off before Hess and before Swofford.

    OH, If Dakich is writing on twitter, then he proves his opinion isn’t worth the tweet it is on.

  8. MrPlywood 12/21/2012 at 6:46 PM #

    re: “you’ve gotta come up with some spin when you get embarrassed.”

    Was Dakich at the game? Not as far as I know, unless he was announcing which I don’t think he was. Again, the assumption that Hess is infallible and that Corch and Gugs “must have done something”.

  9. LRM 12/21/2012 at 7:05 PM #

    For a guy who refers to himself as a coach multiple times in this short excerpt, it speaks volumes to just how respected Dakich must be to be a TV analyst and radio personality rather than coaching somewhere.

  10. Pack1998 12/21/2012 at 7:30 PM #

    I honestly have no idea who Dakich is, am I supposed to?

  11. Pack1998 12/21/2012 at 7:31 PM #

    I’m gonna have to google it.

  12. Alpha Wolf 12/21/2012 at 7:39 PM #

    This just in: Dakich has signed on as a spokesperson for Summer’s Eve. The company said in their press release they feel honored to have his services, as he is “the biggest douchebag in sports today.”

  13. TheCOWDOG 12/21/2012 at 8:16 PM #

    Well …I guess Rick was referring to …say…me in particular.

    I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’ve no problem with Dakich’s analysis of in game takes.

    The fact that he’s a Hess honk, and bleeds ego out of his own eyeballs doesn’t change that.

    Hell, he’s not the first that I’ve stuck up for on this site, for in game insights.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. For the most part, if y’all don’t have a color guy on knee pads for State, y’all don’t like his schtick. Goddam…it’s the truth.

    You don’t like Bonner, who may be the best. You railed Hubert, who gave State love. You don’t like Elmore, who is really in game good. You hate Gminski, who meh…is only average.

    Hey…give me someone you can live with.

    There’s a huge difference in the way I read color guys than many.

    Dakich, since he’s the lead here, is not a guy that I’d care to have a beer with. He doesn’t mean a damn thing to me.
    But…he don’t skew it, when callin’ it.

    Sorry, no, not sorry, that’s the way I see it.

    Got nothin’ to do with the fact that Hess and Dakich may be frustrated Vegas showgirls.

  14. MISTA WOLF 12/21/2012 at 8:26 PM #

    Dakich came across as a big grimy dick in this case ( the radio show) but I like his analysis in games as well COWDOG. None of this sugar coating, fill my head up with blabbering bullshit, but rather honest, tell it like it is commentary. That’s the problem with this world. No one speaks the truth and tells it like it is. Dakich does. I think that’s the problem with the world in general today. The truth can’t be handled and when it is people get butt hurt.

  15. Wufpacker 12/21/2012 at 8:29 PM #

    Since you asked….

    Like Bonner and Hubert. Like Elmore when he’s not having his menstruations. Gminski I’m neutral on.

    I also like Gus Johnson, Kellogg, Dykes and can sometimes tolerate Raftery.

    I don’t like Dakich, but it has nothing to do with what he says, but rather how he says it.

    And how much of it he says, quite frankly. Dude never shuts up.

    EDIT – And all he’s doing now with regard to State fans is being a passive aggressive whiny biyatch because we’ve told him that we don’t like him (his viewpoint)…and we’re just feeding it.

  16. TheCOWDOG 12/21/2012 at 8:50 PM #

    No fair Wuf, Gus ain’t color.

    By God, I dig him, though.

  17. Wufpacker 12/21/2012 at 8:52 PM #

    OK, fair enough. And that’s not an all inclusive list by any means, of course.

    And I know I’ll get railed for this….but I really miss Billy Packer.

  18. Ed89 12/21/2012 at 8:57 PM #

    I was actually with CD in that I didn’t mind Dakich either, but bringing up Hess and Corch has changed my mind about the guy. Still don’t mind his analysis, but a refs job is to call the game, not to be worried about fans heckling him. Hess proved he was more worried about what was going on “off” the court than what was going on “on” the court. I think Dakich knows State has passionate fans and brought it up for ONLY one reason…twitter hits and exposure. Hence, his appearance on Mark Thomas. He’s a media whore now. But I did think his commentary was overall fairly accurate and even. Hess is still a major tool, though.

  19. Ed89 12/21/2012 at 8:59 PM #

    I like Bobby Knight, because he knows first hand that most refs don’t know their a$$ from their elbow. I mean seriously, look at most refs, and tell me how much basketball they’ve actually played.

  20. tractor57 12/21/2012 at 9:02 PM #

    As an analyst I have no issue – during the PR games did he speak anything that was not true?

    So he loves him some Karl – as long as that does not affect his analyst comments so the hell what does it matter?

    Wuf I miss Packer as well. Crusty but at least he commented on the game he was at rather than the “Dickie V” comments about all the other games and the other teams. So tired of that promotion of other teams/games/etc.

  21. MrPlywood 12/21/2012 at 9:36 PM #

    For the record:

    Bonner is fine by me.
    Elmore makes me laugh when he obviously can’t let go of ’74, other wise he’s fine.
    I liked Packer.
    Vitale – I just can’t.

  22. TeufelWolf 12/21/2012 at 10:07 PM #

    I had no idea who this was. I had to google him.

  23. wilmwolf80 12/21/2012 at 10:14 PM #

    There’s nothing to say about Dakich that hasn’t already been said about Jerry Sandusky.

  24. JohnGalt78 12/21/2012 at 11:17 PM #

    Why is he checking out bios of 12 year olds?

  25. Wufpacker 12/21/2012 at 11:30 PM #

    Agree with Ed89…Knight was one I completely forgot about.

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