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Richard Jefferson Working Today’s Arizona Wildcats Game, One of Six Former Lute Olson-Coached Players Behind the Mic


Lute Olson’s legacy lives on with Andre Iguodala still contributing to the Golden State Warriors’ success, nine former players now as head coaches — including the Warriors’ Steve Kerr — and six of his Wildcat players behind the mic as analysts.

Two of Olson’s longest standing NBA players from Arizona — Richard Jefferson and Jason Terry — are no longer in the league.

Jefferson, a natural behind the mic, is now a Pac-12 Network analyst, and he also commentates on the Brooklyn Nets for the YES Network. Jefferson will be working today’s game between his alma mater and Cal Poly.

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Wonder how many times the Pac-12 Network will show the Jefferson Gymnasium adjacent to McKale Center? He was the major donor for the facility, giving $3.5 million, for it to be built 10 years ago.

If Terry does not get into coaching, which he said he wants to do, he can always be a very successful broadcaster with his effervescent personality.

Olson’s Arizona contingent behind the mic:

Player Network Role
Sean Elliott Spurs/Fox Sports Analyst
Richard Jefferson Pac-12 Network/Nets' YES Network Analyst
Kenny Lofton Fox Sports West Dodgers commentator
Matt Muehlebach Pac-12 Network College basketball analyst
Tom Tolbert KNBR San Francisco Talk show host
Corey Williams ESPN College basketball analyst

Overall, 22 former Arizona athletes are broadcasters as well as three former coaches. A total of 11 Arizona alums who were not athletes at the school have advanced to become sports broadcasters. All of them are listed below:

ARIZONA PRODUCTS BEHIND THE MIC

ATHLETES (21)

Baseball (3)

Player Network Role
Scott Erickson Pac-12 Network Analyst
Joe Magrane MLB Network Analyst
J.T. Snow Pac-12 Network Analyst

Tedy Bruschi is in his ninth season as an ESPN NFL analyst (ESPN screen shot)

Football (7)
*Also played basketball

Player Network Role
David Adams 520 Sports Talk Analyst
Tedy Bruschi ESPN NFL studio analyst
*Kelvin Eafon KCUB (1290-AM) Pregame and postgame analyst
Glenn Howell Tucson News Now (Channel 13) Guest analyst
Lamont Lovett KCUB (1290-AM) UA football commentator
Josh Miller Pittsburgh CBS affiliate Radio show host
Glenn Parker Fox Sports Arizona Cardinals analyst

Men’s basketball (6)
**Also played baseball

Player Network Role
Sean Elliott Spurs/Fox Sports Analyst
Richard Jefferson Pac-12 Network/Nets' YES Network analyst
Kenny Lofton Fox Sports West Dodgers commentator
Matt Muehlebach Pac-12 Network College basketball analyst
Tom Tolbert KNBR San Francisco Talk show host
Corey Williams ESPN College basketball analyst

Corey Williams has worked for ESPN, Pac-12 Network and FS1.

Softball (4)

Player Network Role
Jenny Dalton-Hill ESPN Analyst
Jennie Finch ESPN Analyst
Kenzie Fowler Pac-12 Network Analyst
Leah O'Brien-Amico ESPN Analyst

Swimming (1)

Player Network Role
Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Pac-12 Network Analyst

COACHES (1)

Person Network Role
Andy Lopez Pac-12 Network Baseball analyst

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JOURNALISTS/UA STAFF (11)

Person Network Role
Alex Flanagan NBC/NFL Network Sideline reporter/anchor
Anthony Gimino KCUB (1290-AM) Pregame and postgame analyst
Jeff Goodman Stadium College basketball reporter
Ryan Hansen IMG Network UA basketball commentator
Dan Hicks NBC Golf play-by-play
Mike Luke KCUB (1290-AM) Sports talk show host
Jody Oehler Phoenix Fox Sports radio Sports talk show host
Steve Quis ESPN College basketball play-by-play
Ryan Radtke Westwood One NCAA/NFL play-by-play
Arnie Spanier Fox Sports Radio Host
Todd Walsh Fox Sports Arizona Host/reporter

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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