College Basketball Analyst
Jimmy Dykes joined ESPN at the start of the 1995-96 men’s college basketball season as a game and studio analyst. He now primarily calls the SEC Super Tuesday games, ABC’s coverage of the SEC Tournament in March and has a major presence across the country in several early-season tournaments such as the Maui Invitational, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge. During regular-season action, Dykes also provides weekly analysis from the ESPN and ESPNU studios.
Also, he has been an analyst for the NCAA Women’s Championship, and served as a college football sideline reporter from 2004-08. Over the past 15 years, he has been a part of such events as the WNBA Playoffs, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games.
Dykes was a three-year letterman for the University of Arkansas and went on to become an assistant coach at Arkansas, Sacramento State University, Appalachian State University, University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Oklahoma State from 1985-1991. He then served two seasons as a college scout for the Seattle Sonics of the NBA.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Dykes was a standout multi-sport athlete Estes Park (Colo.) High School and Fayetteville (Ark.) High School. He was named to People Magazine’s “America’s Top 50 Bachelors” list in 2001. He is a 1985 graduate from Arkansas, where he received a bachelor’s degree in speech education.
During the college basketball offseason, Dykes is a popular motivational speaker, who regularly addresses organizations, companies and church groups across the country.
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