INDIANAPOLIS — Andy Katz, who has covered college basketball for nearly three decades for ESPN.com and newspapers in Fresno, Albuquerque and Milwaukee, has been hired by the NCAA as a contractor to cover the sport for NCAA.com. Katz will provide written, digital and social media coverage for the NCAA and its partners.

The scope of Katz’s work will include feature stories and columns, daily video content recapping the previous day’s storylines and previewing that day’s schedule of games, weekly video content profiling student-athletes and coaches, coverage of the Division I men’s basketball committee and other NCAA committees associated with college basketball, and coverage of the Division I men’s basketball championship.

 
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“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.”

The agreement between the NCAA and Katz is for two years.

“Andy has a great deal of respect and credibility, not only with his colleagues in the journalism profession, but also from our membership and specifically players, coaches and administrators,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s senior vice president of basketball. “For the past several months, I’ve felt he should be involved with college basketball because of his tremendous talent and passion for the game. It will be a huge positive for everyone who loves the game to have him covering college basketball on the NCAA’s and our partners’ platforms.”