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Jimmy Dykes leaves ESPN to become Arkansas women’s basketball head coach


Jimmy Dykes is one of the most respected college basketball analysts in the business, having called nearly 1000 games at the collegiate and professional level. But as of Sunday morning, Dykes has left his analyst position with ESPN and ABC, and accepted the position of head coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks women’s basketball team.

Dykes will be the eighth women’s basketball coach in school history.

The announcement was made on Sunday by Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, Jeff Long, who said that Dykes’ experience working with some of the best coaches in the business, combined with his ability to teach the game of basketball, made him the clear choice to be the head women’s basketball coach. [Source: USA Today]

Dykes, who is an Arkansas alumni, was as an assistant basketball coach at University of Arkansas, Appalachian State University, University of Kentucky, Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Oklahoma State University.

ESPN and ABC commonly had Dykes paired with play-by-play announcer, Brad Nessler. The duo began broadcasting basketball games together in 1995.

 

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