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Dan Dakich claims Lyles was on UK’s campus during dead period

Remember our good friend Dan Dakich? The former Hoosier turned sportscaster made news today on his radio show by saying that he has heard from a “reliable source” that Trey Lyles, the 2014 recruit that decommitted from Indiana and is currently considering the Cats, took a visit to Kentucky before reopening the recruiting process. Dakich said that Lyles visited the school back in July during what is known as the “dead period,” in which no contact is allowed between coaches and players. Jeff Goodman tweeted that he had heard similar rumors about Lyles being on campus during the dead period, but was unable to confirm them.

Now, let’s be clear about what is a violation here. If Lyles visited campus during the dead period and had contact with the coaches, toured the basketball facilities, etc., or if the staff in any way facilitated his visit, that is a violation. However, if he and his family drove around campus by themselves, it is not.

Various media members have interviewed Tom Lyles, Trey’s father, who said that Dakich’s claims are 100% false and that Lyles’ only visit to campus happened last Saturday.

Dan Dakich stirring up stuff on a Friday afternoon? Never…

UPDATE: Adam Zagoria spoke to both Dakich and Tom Lyles about the situation. Dakich claims to have heard that Lyles visited Kentucky during the dead period from a “very good source”:

“And they told me July. Now, was it Aug. 1? I have no idea. They told me July. Nobody told me anybody met with coaches. Nobody told me any of that, just said they went to Kentucky in July.”

Tom Lyles, who calls Dakich’s accusations “ridiculous,” “retarded” and “dumb,” maintains that his son only visited campus on September 1st:

“It is ridiculous, it is flat out ridiculous that Dakich or anybody else out there would want to start up these untrue rumor simply because a kid decided that he wanted to be recruited, that he wanted to experience what it’s like to be recruited and now people are upset so they want to start spreading lies,” Tom Lyles told SNY.tv by phone.

“I don’t know where Dan is getting his information. I don’t know why Dan would want to put something like that out there.”

[ZagsBlog: Tom Lyles Calls UK Visit Accusations ‘Ridiculous,’ ‘Retarded’ and ‘Dumb’]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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41 Comments for Dan Dakich claims Lyles was on UK’s campus during dead period



  1. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    3:07 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    “Hoosier” is an ancient Cherokee word meaning “attention whore”



  2. pioneer
    3:07 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Typical IU blowhard, make something up because they know they missed out. Is it me or is IU faithful more delusional than bird brain little bro?



  3. king cat
    3:07 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Dan Dickich is starting to get like his old coach, juuust a little outside.



  4. mocha
    3:13 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    his first name spelled backwards is Nad. enough said.



  5. Jimmy
    3:19 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Why do we constantly have to deal with recruiting violation/sanction rumors? Because of freaking Cal, thats why. From the moment he signed on to be our head coach, the NCAA has been watching us like a hawk. No coincidence.



  6. bluesman
    3:19 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Dont blame the chickenhawk his daddy Bobby Knight has been in his ear again.



  7. BigBlueBallz
    3:21 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Cal wouldn’t be so stupid. And I hate the term “reliable source”. If that source is so reliable and sure of themselves, call them out by name. In other news, a “reliable source” told me that Dakich is a total doucher.



  8. Allen
    3:21 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    #5. We could back to going to NIT again. No rumors there.



  9. Theleftone
    3:22 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    How long until ESPN blows this up to distract from Duke and UNC?



  10. SheCat
    3:23 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I know we have freedom of speak in this country, but how can this idiot talk openly, on the air, about something that he cannot prove or has not been proven??!!! If he had called Trey’s father, he would have found out that he didn’t have a story. Oh, wait, he didn’t want to find out first. He wanted to spew out something from is uninformed mouth just to start some cr*p! SHAME ON YOU DAN DAKICH. Not very professional. Find out the facts first.



  11. pioneer
    3:24 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Again, this dude has no knowledge of the situation and likely heard something like this from an IU booster which I guess he qualifies at a “reliable source”. Dan Dickless, fits right in with the rest of the clowns at the network I will not mention. I guess these media goons figure if they keep throwing mudd at Cal, eventually it will stick. Right….right?



  12. true fan
    3:32 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    his dads said the accusations were “retarded” and “dumb, flat-out dumb his right about dan



  13. Dementia
    3:33 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I am a condition, not a reliable source.



  14. WayneinFrankfort
    3:35 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    If there was even the smallest chance that Trey would re-sign with IU, Danny Boy just crapped all over that…I LOVE it. Come to UK Mr. Lyles, we won’t make up stories about you. We’ll invite you back for a charity alumni game and add you pic to the lodge “Wall of Champions”..



  15. EyewearMan
    3:38 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I heard from a reliable source that Dan Dakich is an ASS!



  16. The Oval Office
    3:42 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    May Dan Dakich get lost in Rosie O’Donnell’s double D’s….



  17. theSkinny81
    3:44 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    15 – i believe you. lol



  18. Will S
    3:58 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Crazy how bad the media treats you guys. Seriously, it gets old even to a Duke fan.



  19. please
    4:04 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Well, Dan Dakich just drove the nail in the coffin that Lyles won’t be attending IU. F-N hilarious



  20. Bleed Blue
    4:05 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter if he was on campus on dead period as long as he had no contact with the coaches, which at the time he was suppose to be on campus, none of the coaching staff was on campus.



  21. Bleed Blue
    4:06 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Per Trey’s twitter: On the situation people mad cause I decommitted an I’m glad I did now so u can believe the lies radio shows are saying i done nothing wrong



  22. Bob
    4:11 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    20. That is exactly right. The kid and his family have every right to visit the campus as many times as they want! It is state property!!!



  23. westerncat
    4:13 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    While at UNC & Duke …. 🙂



  24. redandyz
    4:16 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    IU has already moved on from Lyles for this very reason. They didn’t go to his open gym last week. It was just up the road from B-town. Why? Because they know this kid plain stinks of entitlement and pushing the rules. And his dad is not helping him. It is also rumored (from Dakich) that his dad asked for an asst coaching position, think that would ensure they were both in the IU fold. When you consider the crap about shoe contracts, etc it’s flatout laughable. Did he take a drive through UK and smell the tulips in July? Who knows. And you think Dakich (who loves IU) would intentionally crap in IU’s Wheaties if he knew/thought IU was even remotely still interested? I think not, BBN. I have to image the minute Lyles de-committed they took the stance that if he wants to come let him, but we’re done not grovelling. I think that stance is pretty admirable. No kid and his entourage is bigger than IU hoops.



  25. justanotherkyhillbilly
    4:19 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Per Trey’s twitter: On the situation people mad cause I decommitted an I’m glad I did now so u can believe the lies radio shows are saying i done nothing wrong

    ^^already speaks the half english/ebonics of a uk player



  26. Potential IU Recruit
    4:22 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe I was considering getting mixed up with those flaming douchenozzles.



  27. 100110101010
    4:25 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Who hates Kentucky more?

    Louisville?

    Indiana?

    I use to think Louisville, but Indiana’s paranoia is unrivaled.



  28. thewaitfor8
    4:28 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    HA! IU fans are so upset that this kid has moved on from IU. If this kid was such a terrible person, why are you on here talking about him. I’d like to thank people like Dan for killing any remaing chance that this kid attends IU. He might not even come to UK, but it’s fun to watch IU fans lose it.

    Hey IU fans, want to know how you can tell when your program is back to the elite level? You lose a recruit and don’t cry about it for two months because you know your coach will just go out and get a different big name. See UK and UNC.

    Do something even remotely important in basketball before you think your program is elite again. A last minute shot and a Sweet 16 appearance isn’t special.



  29. WayneinFrankfort
    4:28 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    #24 Yes! Please continue to bad-mouth Trey and his family. While you’re at it, go ahead and talk some smack about all the 5 star kids from Indiana. Push ’em away from “Clappy” and right into our lovin’ arms…lol. IU put the pressure on a “homegrown” kid to sign with them as an under-classman, and because he has decided to check out his options, cue the “entitled” and “crazy parents” comments….just hilarious.



  30. WayneinFrankfort
    4:32 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Dan is just mad because IU will have to find something else to go in the glass case he made for Trey’s LOI celebrating Clappy’s big recruiting win over Cal and UK….pathetic.



  31. thewaitfor8
    4:36 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    #29 Yep. Who is crazy and entitled? Parents and a teenager who are trying to make the best decision for their sons future and hopefully put him in the best position for an NBA career, or the IU fans that get upset that they do such a thing and respond by alienating the entire family.

    Regardless of him coming to UK or going elsewbere, now is the time you need to be extremely selfish. Come on IU fans, act like you’ve been here before.



  32. nineisfine
    7:34 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Who is Dam Dikitch, sounds like an STD



  33. backpack
    8:03 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Dan just ruined IU’s chance of ever getting him.. thank you jockitch



  34. barn
    8:55 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    is dickitch really working for cal? he surely has eliminated the who’syours from this kid’s list



  35. BlueFins
    9:02 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll tell you why he would say those things Mr. Lyles, Dan Dakich is a dick!



  36. Bleaker
    9:09 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Dakich is an iu alum. It would be illegal for him to have contact with a recruits parents



  37. Damn Dickitch
    10:17 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I am a fall-down fool who is jealous of UK…My hapless Hoosiers haven’t been relevant for nearly 30 years. Now we have Dumba** Clappy the Clown for a coach instead of a proven winner like Cal so I have to make up crap to try and make UK look bad.



  38. BigBlueFever
    10:23 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Dan Dickitch’s email address is [email protected]…just in case anyone wants to let him have it.



  39. 6xJimmy
    10:23 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    The source is Tom Creamjob.



  40. Dane Brammage
    7:57 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    DAmN DICK ITCH !



  41. The black gangster from the Blind Side
    10:25 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    Dakich, use a lil bitty bitschhh.