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Dakich: Ex-WVU president threatened to 'destroy us'

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10:38 AM ET 08.19 | Soon after Dan Dakich took the basketball head coaching job at West Virginia in 2002, he sat down with a yellow legal pad and wrote a list of the issues facing the Mountaineers. It became so long and daunting that he decided it was too much. Eight days after he was hired, he walked away from what he said was a seven-year contract offer worth $3.5 million to return to his old job at Bowling Green, which pays $125,000 a year. After speaking with Jonathan Hargett, Dakich approached David Hardesty, then the university's president. Dakich said he told Hardesty about Western Union receipts that seemed to show Hargett had received money in violation of N.C.A.A. rules. He also relayed Hargett's comments that the university had not paid him money that had been promised to him. Dakich recalls Hardesty telling him, "If you go any farther with this, we'll destroy you." Dakich's wife, Jackie, who was present for the meeting, stood up and said, "What do you mean by, 'destroy us?'" In a separate phone interview, Jackie Dakich echoed her husband's account. Hardesty called Dan and Jackie Dakich's story a "gross exaggeration." He said he remembered the meeting as one where he was trying to keep Dakich at West Virginia.

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August 19, 2012  10:59 AM ET

I care just enough about this article, to say I don't give a damn about this article!!!! LOL.

August 19, 2012  11:19 AM ET

We are not allowed to enjoy sports anymore. We must be dragged into all the shady aspects of big time collegiate athletics. It is the mission of the media to make sure we know. Don't they realize we turn to sports to escape from the problems in our daily life? We certainly aren't looking to take on anymore problems!

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August 19, 2012  11:44 AM ET

How boring and irrelevant this drama is. I couldn't finish the article ....

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August 19, 2012  01:28 PM ET

"I must break you."

August 19, 2012  01:46 PM ET
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But Dakich's career has gone so well. Who is he?

I clicked on this story for that very reason... thinking "who the?"
I google this coaches name if comes back with "we are google, not god.. have you tried the phone book?"

August 19, 2012  02:08 PM ET
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But Dakich's career has gone so well. Who is he?

I think he owns the soap on the rope factory...oh wait that is Bob Barker

August 19, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Another wholesome college sports story.

August 19, 2012  02:15 PM ET

Dakich sounds like a man of principle who left a coaching job after he found out what was expected of him, to cheat, and when he reported it to the school's President he was threatened.
Div-1 College revenue sports, Football and Bball, are a cheater's world, and those who don't want to cheat are hard put to find a job where integrity is appreciated. There are schools out there with integrity, but not too many.

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August 19, 2012  03:33 PM ET
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We are not allowed to enjoy sports anymore. We must be dragged into all the shady aspects of big time collegiate athletics. It is the mission of the media to make sure we know. Don't they realize we turn to sports to escape from the problems in our daily life? We certainly aren't looking to take on anymore problems!

+1. Too many reporters out there trying to create a scoop where there wasn't one before. This is Truth & Rumors however..

August 19, 2012  03:42 PM ET

Dakich has a sport talk show in Indianapolis.

August 19, 2012  03:45 PM ET

I believe Dakich. That WV Hardesty needs to be investigated....

August 19, 2012  03:58 PM ET
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We are not allowed to enjoy sports anymore. We must be dragged into all the shady aspects of big time collegiate athletics inundated by tollism. It is the mission of the media trolls to make sure we know respond. Don't they realize we turn to sports to escape from the problems in our daily life? We certainly aren't looking to take on anymore problems!

FIFU

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