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Matt Millen leaving ESPN, will return to Fox Sports

Matt Millen is leaving ESPN to return to Fox Sports, the media company where he rose to be the No. 2 NFL announcer at the turn of the century, according to several sources.

The longtime football analyst will become the lead football analyst for the Big Ten Network, paired with Kevin Kugler. Glen Mason was paired with Kugler as the network’s top game analyst last season.

Millen also will participate on Fox Sports 1 studio shows around college football and the NFL. The long-term deal gives him the opportunity to do NFL and college games on Fox’s broadcast channel.

Fox Sports owns 51 percent of the Big Ten Network.

Millen has Big Ten ties, having played football at Penn State in the late 1970s. Plus, he spent eight forgettable years in the Big Ten hotbed of Detroit while heading up the Detroit Lions’ front office. During his tenure in Detroit, the Lions never finished with a winning record, and Millen frequently was vilified by local fans.

Millen has been with ESPN since May 2009, paired with play-by-play voice Sean McDonough on college football games. While at ESPN, he also served as a studio analyst on shows such as “College Football Live” and “SportsCenter.”

Previously, he worked on CBS Sports and did “Monday Night Football” games for Westwood One.

Millen is represented by Reed Bergman of Playbook Inc.