College Basketball Analyst
Jimmy Dykes first joined ESPN at the start of the 1995-96 men’s college basketball season as a game and studio analyst, and is entering his 20th season with the company, after serving as the women’s head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas from 2014-2017. He led the Razorbacks to one NCAA tournament appearance and finished with an overall record of 43-49.
Prior to his career with ESPN, Dykes was a 3-year letterman at the University of Arkansas, playing for the legendary coach Eddie Sutton. Following his playing days, he then went on to serve as a graduate assistant coach under Sutton at Arkansas.
Dykes’ coaching career includes a number of assistant coaching stints at Sacramento State , Appalachian State, University of Kentucky, Arkansas-Little Rock and Oklahoma State. He then spent three years as an NBA scout for the Seattle Sonics prior to joining ESPN in the mid 90s.
He is the author of the powerful book titled, “The Film Doesn’t Lie” scheduled for release in 2020 which is certain to provoke readers to take an honest, in-depth look at their own life and to live with genuine passion and bold determination.
Dykes is also a highly sought after motivational speaker for companies, organizations, sports teams, and faith based groups across the country, challenging audiences to a higher level of accountability and tenacious faith.
He was selected as one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Eligible Bachelors in July 2001. Dykes also appeared in the movie “Bluegrass” in 1988.
He was born in Tulsa, Okla., and now resides in Springdale, Ark., with his wife Tiffany and daughter Kennedy.