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Mangini joins ESPN, for a weekend

Eric Mangini

Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini walks off the field after a 20-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Eric Mangini is going home. Sort of.

The Connecticut native will return on Sunday to participate in Bristol-based ESPN’s coverage of the Jets-Patriots division-round showdown.

Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News (via SportsBusiness Daily) reports that Mangini will join ESPN on a short-term basis, with the assignment of providing analysis in advance of Sunday’s Brouhaha in Foxbora. (We took poetic license with the spelling to make it rhyme.)

Mangini also is in pretty good position to provide analysis of Saturday’s Ravens-Steelers game, given that he coached the Browns for two years after leading the Jets for three. But given the whole Belichick and Spygate angle, it’ll be far sexier for Mangini to talk Jets-Pats.

It remains to be seen whether word of Mangini’s hiring prompted Adam Schefter and Hannah Storm to share another high five.