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Former IU player and assistant coach Dane Fife to do color commentary for BTN game

After a one-and-done tenure as an assistant coach at Indiana under Mike Woodson, Dane Fife is still evaluating his career options.

One possibility is television, and on Friday night the former IU basketball star will make his debut as a college basketball color commentator.

Fife’s first foray into television will take place at a location he called home for ten years.  He will join BTN play-by-play man Kevin Kugler on Friday evening at 6 p.m. Eastern at the Breslin Center in East Lansing for Michigan State’s game against Buffalo.

Woodson hired Fife in April, 2021 and fired him following the 2021-22 season.  Since then he has helped coach an AAU basketball team.

Before coming back to Indiana, Fife served as an assistant coach for Tom Izzo at MSU, and before that he was a head coach at Fort Wayne.  As an assistant in East Lansing, Fife helped lead the Spartans to two Final Fours, four Big Ten regular season championships and four Big Ten tournament championships.

As a player at Indiana, Fife bridged the program from Bob Knight to the 2002 Final Four.  He was the Big Ten’s 2002 Defensive Player of the Year, and he is the Indiana career leader with 180 steals over the course of his four-year career (1998-2002).

Despite his unceremonious exit, Fife remains in Bloomington and he has been a vocal supporter of IU in recent months.  He was at an IU basketball game earlier this season wearing an IU shirt.

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