CHICAGO Three Big Ten basketball figures who enjoyed tremendous success as a player or coach will serve as Big Ten Network men’s basketball analysts this season. The roster includes legendary former Purdue coach Gene Keady; Jimmy Jackson, Ohio State’s former two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and 14-year NBA veteran; and former Northwestern star Tim Doyle.
Keady, Jackson and Doyle will join Dave Revsine in the Big Ten Network’s downtown Chicago studios to anchor the network’s doubleheader coverage on most Wednesdays and Saturdays. In addition, the trio will serve as analysts on selected game broadcasts during the season and regularly appear on BIG TEN TONIGHT. The announcement was made Wednesday by network president Mark Silverman and executive producer Leon Schweir.
“Fans will really enjoy the unique perspective that each one of these men brings to the table. All three have a deep understanding of the Big Ten, its history and its rivalries,” Silverman said. “We’re tremendously delighted to have Gene, Jimmy and Tim join our team.”
Schweir added: “Given their individual experiences, we think each member of this team can provide unique insight and perspective. We have a coach who spent 25 years in the Big Ten, a player who in his conference career and for 14 years afterwards competed against some of the best players in the world and someone who played in the Big Ten as recently as last year. We’re excited to have three individuals with such outstanding Big Ten basketball credentials.”
Keady, 71, coached against both of his new co-analysts during his 25 years as the head coach at Purdue. He led the Boilermakers to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and six Big Ten Championships (1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995 and 1996). Keady’s 265 Big Ten victories ranks second in Big Ten history. A six-time national coach of the year, Keady retired after the 2004-05 season with a 512-270 record at Purdue. The former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) also served as an assistant coach on the 2000 United States Olympic gold medal team.
Jackson, 37, was the 1991 and 1992 Big Ten Player of the Year at Ohio State. A two-time first-team All-American, Jackson averaged more than 19 points per game and led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years in Columbus. The native of Toledo, Ohio, turned pro a year early and was the fourth overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1992 NBA Draft. He played 14 years in the NBA.
Doyle, 25, lettered three times at Northwestern (2005-07) and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior. Doyle is one of 14 players in Big Ten history, joining Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Scott Skiles, to record 350 points, 150 assists, 100 rebounds and 50 steals in one season. Doyle set a new Northwestern single season record for assists with 157. The native of Merrick, N.Y., was a member of St. John’s 2003 NIT Championship team before transferring to Northwestern.
The Big Ten Network is the number one destination for hoops fans this winter with 140 men’s basketball games, 64 conference match-ups and three Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament games. The overwhelming majority of those contests will be televised in stunning high-definition.
During the conference season, the Big Ten Network will feature games on Tuesdays, a double-header every Wednesday night and a heavy dose of games on the weekends, including double-, triple- and quadruple-headers.
All intra-conference games will be distributed nationally, which means the end of the split-regional broadcasts that occurred in past seasons.
Through distribution partnerships with DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight Communications, WideOpenWest, RCN, Service Electric, AT&T U-Verse and more than 150 other cable operators, the Big Ten Network became the first new network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes in its first 30 days. In fact, no other new cable or satellite network has surpassed 30 million homes in its first year, and only five others have achieved that milestone within their first two years.
About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network, dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions, launched August 30, 2007. The network provides unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming includes live coverage of more major men’s and women’s events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The network is available to all cable companies, with most programs offered in stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks. For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit www.BigTenNetwork.com.