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Oh well, Dan Dakich was wrong again

ESPN analyst Dan Dakich awaits the start of the Maryland and Indiana NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 in College Park, Md. Dakich tweeted recently that sources told him Jeff Brohm was leaving Purdue to be the next coach at Louisville. Brohm announced Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 he is staying at Purdue.
ESPN analyst Dan Dakich awaits the start of the Maryland and Indiana NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 in College Park, Md. Dakich tweeted recently that sources told him Jeff Brohm was leaving Purdue to be the next coach at Louisville. Brohm announced Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 he is staying at Purdue. AP

A couple of weeks ago, Dan Dakich, the ESPN basketball analyst who is also the host of a call-in radio show on WFNI in Indianapolis, claimed to have a big scoop.

“Breaking News,” Dakich tweeted at 1:41 p.m. on Nov. 15. “Jeff Brohm will be announced as The University of Louisville Head Football Coach on Monday November 26th according to my sources.”

Monday the 26th came and went without any such announcement.

There was no announcement on Tuesday the 27th. In fact, Dakich was in Louisville on Tuesday to do the color on ESPN’s telecast of U of L basketball’s overtime 82-78 win over Michigan State. He took some light needling from play-by-play man Jason Bennetti about the tweet. And Dakich made a joke about someone being at the game who looked just like Brohm — the camera showed the guy, who did look like Brohm — but the former Indiana basketball player didn’t really address the issue.

Then Wednesday night, Brohm announced that he was turning down the Louisville job to stay at Purdue.

As Jason Anderson, host of a talk show on ESPN 680 in Louisville, so expertly pointed out Wednesday night on Twitter, this is not the first time Dakich has broken news that turned out to be incorrect.

In 2016, Dakich tweeted that Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck would be the next football coach at Cincinnati.

Fleck went to Minnesota and Cincinnati hired Luke Fickell.

Also in 2016, Dakich tweeted that Kerry Coombs would leave Ohio State to be Fickell’s defensive coordinator at UC.

Coombs stayed at Ohio State until this past February, when he left to join Mike Vrabel’s staff with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

After Tom Crean was fired by Indiana in 2017, Dakich said that UCLA Coach Steve Alford would be the next coach at his alma mater. “The deal (with) Alford is done,” Dakich texted a friend.

Indiana hired Archie Miller.

Now there’s the Brohm scoop that turned out to not be a scoop.

Be sure and check out Jason’s entire Twitter thread.

Meanwhile, at least they are getting a good laugh at Purdue, according to Boilermakers quarterback David Blough.

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