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Gary Williams joins Big Ten Network as analyst

No, he's not returning to the sideline to scowl at referees and sweat through sportcoats while leading a new team on the court. Williams is joining the Big Ten Network as an analyst.

Gary Williams has a new gig, but it's in a TV studio. (AP photo)

Williams was one of five new hires announced Friday by the network. He will be utilized primarily in the studio, while Dan Bonner, Keno Davis, Eddie Johnson and Dave Miller mostly will work as color analysts on the network's 115 men's basketball games.

"We're very excited to welcome Gary, Eddie, Keno, Dan and Dave," Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said in a statement. "They bring decades of college basketball experience, knowledge and expertise to BTN and will nicely complement our returning talent."

Williams led Ohio State and Maryland to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Final Fours and the Terps' national title in 2002 before retiring this spring. Eddie Johnson, a star at Illinois in the late '70s and early '80s, played 17 seasons in the NBA. Davis spent the last three seasons as the coach at Providence and was named AP national coach of the year in '08 after leading Drake to the NCAA Tournament.

Bonner, a former player at Virginia, has worked NCAA Tournament games for CBS for a decade and also has worked for ESPN, Fox and Raycom. Miller has 17 years of experience as an assistant coach USC, Arizona State, Texas, Utah State and Army, and he also has worked in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets.

The quintet will join Jim Jackson, Shon Morris, Quinn Buckner, Tim Doyle, Greg Kelser and Kenyon Murray as game and studio analysts. Gus Johnson, for the first time, leads the network's roster of play-by-play men that includes Dave Revsine, Brian Anderson, Eric Collins, Chris Denari, Tom Hart, Wayne Larrivee and Kevin Kugler.

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