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WILDCATS BEHIND THE MIC
a-Alex Flanagan, an Arizona and Salpointe Catholic grad, is an NFL sideline reporter for NBC and studio anchor for the NFL network. She is married to former Arizona basketball player Kevin Flanagan.
b-Dan Hicks, a Tucson native, attended Arizona but was not an athlete. He also broadcasts Notre Dame football games and the Olympics for NBC.
c-Todd Walsh was an Arizona basketball manager during the formative years of the Lute Olson era.
Note: Terry Francona was a commentator for ESPN before re-joining baseball as the manager of the Cleveland Indians. Steve Kerr broadcast NBA games on TBS and college basketball for CBS before his hire as Golden State head coach. Luke Walton broadcast college games for Fox last year before Kerr hired him as an assistant coach.
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Arizona fans will hear a familiar voice today during the Fox broadcast of the Wildcats’ game at ASU.
Sean Elliott, the school’s most decorated player, will call the game. Elliott is one of 17 Arizona sports personalities on the air.
Former Arizona swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen joined the group of former Arizona students and athletes who are in the booth this year with her analysis of swimming on the Pac-12 Networks. Her inspiring story of working her way back seven months removed from a life-threatening ATV accident that left her paralyzed was documented recently on USA Today.
“I want people to know that this injury affected my legs, but not my brain or my mouth,” Van Dyken said. “So, let’s go and have fun with it.”