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Former ESPN Andy Katz has been hired to cover college basketball for NCAA.com, the website announced on Monday.

After nearly three decades of covering college hoops for ESPN and newspapers in Fresno, Alquerque and Milwaukee, Katz will provide written, digital and social media coverage for the NCAA.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the time and effort people put forth to making this a reality, and for NCAA administrators and the men’s basketball committee for their approval of this concept,” said Katz. “With the season beginning today, I am anxious to jump right in and cover this terrific game for NCAA.com.”

Katz was part of the massive layoffs that swept through ESPN earlier this year. He was with the sports network for nearly 20 years and participated in its college hoops coverage, including multiple March Madness bracket selection shows with President Barack Obama. It was announced in October that he would become a contributor to the Big Ten Network.

He confirmed on Twitter that he will handle both gigs throughout the 2017-18 college basketball season.

It’s a perfect fit for NCAA.com and Katz as he has an unwavering loyalty to the sport of college basketball and they want to bring excellent coverage to its audience.

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