Former Indiana basketball player and coach, and current basketball analyst and Indianapolis sports radio host Dan Dakich told the website Barrett Sports Media that he lost enough money gambling on the NCAA Tournament to get a wake-up call that he’d lost the understanding of the value of a dollar. To penalize himself for that, he’s signed on as a delivery driver for Door Dash and has been delivering food to people in Indianapolis.
“I come from iron and steel workers, teachers, and I lost sight of the value of a dollar,” Dakich told Barrett. “I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and I told my wife I had to make it up. Seriously, I went to the hardware store about a mile from my house and applied for a job, because I wanted to make the money back. I owe my family and I lost the value of a dollar.”
Dakich told Barrett he initially applied for a job at a local hardware store, but got the idea to be a delivery driver from his stepson. He said he’s doing deliveries four to five days a week with plenty of available hours after his mid-day radio show. He wouldn’t tell Barrett how much he’d lost gambling, but indicated that he is close to making up the difference. He also said he might continue doing deliveries because he enjoys it, and that he might also considering being a waiter at a local steakhouse.
The Indiana native began a 16-year association with the IU program in the fall of 1981 after graduating from Andrean High School in Merrillville. He played for the Hoosiers from 1982-85, and Dakich also spent 12 seasons on the IU coaching staff from 1985-97 and then returned in 2007 to become the Director of Basketball Operations. He served a brief stint as interim head coach in 2008 when Kelvin Sampson was fired.
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