I am a channel surfer. Last week I caught a familiar wave with every click.

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I turn on the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic and NBC’s Dan Hicks is anchoring the coverage for the 17th year. Thirty years ago, Hicks was a sports writer for the Arizona Daily Wildcat who had developed a nice jump shot at Sabino High School. Now, in tandem with Johnny Miller, he is part of the longest-running anchor pair in PGA Tour history.

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I turn on ESPN’s “NFL Live” and Ed Werder is analyzing the future of Johnny Manziel. Thirty years ago, Werder worked on the sports desk at this newspaper. He has been one of ESPN’s leading voices for the NFL since 1998.

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I punch up the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Former UA diving coach Cynthia Potter, a three-time Olympian who earned her graduate degree at Arizona, is describing a triple-somersault with a twist.

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I turn on Senior Day at Oregon, the Ducks versus Washington, and Arizona’s 1994 Final Four small forward Corey Williams is working the game for ESPNU. He announces his “Coreys,” winners of individual conference awards for 2015-16.

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I awaken to ESPN’s morning “SportsCenter.” Tedy Bruschi and Antonio Pierce are analyzing the upcoming NFL combine. Bruschi and Pierce recollect that scouts overlooked them after their senior years at Arizona. Bruschi was not taken until the third round; Pierce was not drafted. Together, they played 22 NFL seasons.

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I switch to the Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Jerry Foltz, who was an All-Pac-10 golfer at Arizona in 1984 and has worked for the Golf Channel since 1999, is talking about Tiger Woods. ….

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I turn on the Kansas State-Kansas basketball game. Miles Simon is the analyst. Or was it the Baylor-KU game? It’s all a blur in February. Arizona’s 1997 Final Four MVP worked ESPN games featuring Texas-West Virginia, Notre Dame-Louisville, Iowa State-Texas A&M and Arizona-ASU in what seemed like two days. As recently as 2007, he was on Lute Olson’s coaching staff at Arizona. He has since become one of the go-to analysts in college basketball.

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I hit the ESPN button and Jeff Goodman is talking about Kaleb Tarczewski getting swarmed by the court-rushers at Colorado’s Coors Events Center. Goodman, who attended Arizona from 1990-94, wrote freelance stories for this newspaper before being hired to cover the NHL in Buffalo. He later worked for the AP, Scout.com, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and now ESPN. He is the new Andy Katz for college basketball news.

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I turn on the MLB Network to get a preseason rundown on the Yankees. Joe Magrane is on the anchor desk. While pitching for Arizona from 1983-85, Magrane pitched a no-hitter against powerhouse Cal State Fullerton. I asked him if he grew up wanting to be a ballplayer. “Either that or a broadcaster,” he said. Bingo.

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I stay up late to watch the Pac-12’s basketball studio show. Matt Muehlebach and Kevin O’Neill are the co-commentators. O’Neill helped recruit Muehlebach to Arizona in 1987 when Muehlebach was a point guard in Stilwell, Kansas. It’s a good-cop, bad-cop routine.

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I switch to the Spurs-Clippers game on TNT. A camera focuses on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is standing a few feet from Sean Elliott, who is the Spurs TV/radio analyst. Elliott is wearing black-rimmed glasses. Time moves on.

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Point Guard U? It would be more accurate to describe the UA’s most impressive sports enterprise as “Behind The Mic U.”

UA grad Alex Flanagan of Sonoita is a studio host for the NFL Network and was a sideline reporter for Notre Dame football. Glenn Parker, an Arizona first-team All-Pac-10 tackle in 1988, has become, in my opinion, the leading game analyst for the Pac-12 Network. And he’s just as informative as a football studio analyst.

The Pac-12 Network has loaded its 2016 baseball TV booth with four ex-Wildcats: Andy Lopez, Wes Clements, J.T. Snow and Scott Erickson. The network also hired the Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Century, Michele Mitchell, now the director of operations for Arizona’s swimming programs, to be an analyst as this week’s Pac-12 men’s championships.

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While in San Francisco for the Arizona series with Cal and Stanford, I listened to KNBR radio, the sports voice of the Bay Area. KNBR’s top voice is Tom Tolbert, Arizona’s 1988 Final Four center; he is in his 21st year at KNBR and in his fourth season as the Golden State Warriors’ radio analyst.

“Hang on,” Tolbert said a few hours before the UA-Stanford game. “We’re going to have my old teammate on a few minutes.”

I stayed in the car while Steve Kerr and Tolbert laughed about old times.

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Greg graduated from Utah State, worked at two Utah newspapers, the St. Petersburg Times, the Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon and moved to Tucson to cover UA football and baseball. He became the Star's sports columnist in 1984.