Posted by Mike Florio on January 11, 2011, 1:27 PM EST
Eric Mangini is going home. Sort of.

The Connecticut native will return on Sunday to participate in Bristol-based ESPNís 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 Sundayís 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 Saturdayís 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, itíll be far sexier for Mangini to talk Jets-Pats.

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