After a three-year absence, former ESPN NBA analyst Bill Walton will return to the network Friday night. In other news, Urban Meyer will also return to ESPN for the BCS National Championship Game, and Bob Valvano will return to the booth Saturday after a heart attack.
- Walton Returns to ESPN Friday Night: Former ESPN NBA analyst Bill Walton will make his return to the network Friday as an analyst for ESPN2’s Missouri/UCLA college basketball game. Walton, who retired from ESPN in 2009, rejoined ESPN as a college basketball analyst earlier this year. (ESPN Media Zone)
- Meyer to Serve As BCS Guest Analyst: Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer will serve as a guest studio analyst for ESPN coverage of the BCS National Championship Game. Meyer, who had a brief and unmemorable stint as an ESPN analyst in 2011, will be join Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and ESPN regulars Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.
- Valvano to Return After Heart Attack: Louisville college basketball radio analyst Bob Valvano plans to call Saturday’s Kentucky/Louisville game, just over a week after suffering a life-threatening heart attack. Valvano, who is also an ESPN analyst, plans to resume making appearances on the network after the new year. (Courier-Journal [KY] via Sports Business Daily)