Jimmy Dykes is best known as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network and is now in his 22nd season with the company. Dykes joined ESPN at the start of the 1995-96 men’s college basketball season as a game and studio analyst. Over the course of his broadcasting career, Dykes has been the lead analyst for SEC Super Tuesday games on ESPN, ABC’s coverage of the men’s SEC Tournament, and has had a major presence across the country in several early season tournaments such as the Maui Invitational, The ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Battle 4 Atlantis, The SEC/Big12 Challenge, and is a consistent presence on all ESPN platforms covering The SEC men’s basketball season.
Before making the transition to ESPN, Dykes served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas, the University of Kentucky, Oklahoma State University, Appalachian State, Sacramento State and The University of Arkansas-Little Rock to name a few. He also served as a college scout for the NBA Seattle Sonics franchise for three seasons.
Dykes was a college football sideline reporter for ESPN for four seasons from 2004-2008.
From 2014-2017, Jimmy Dykes was the Head women’s basketball coach at his alma mater the University of Arkansas. His overall record was 43-49, leading the Razorback program to the NCAA Tournament and an opening round win in 2015.
In 2001, Dykes was named as one of People Magazine’s “America’s Top 50 Bachelors” list.
He is the author of the book titled, “The Film Doesn’t Lie” scheduled for release in 2020. Dykes is a highly sought after motivational speaker for companies, organizations, sports teams, and faith based groups across the country. Known for his authentic style and unflinching attitude toward doing what is right, Jimmy possesses a unique ability to relate to people from all walks of life.
He currently resides in Springdale, Arkansas with his wife Tiffany and daughter Kennedy.