Jun 27 2013, 10:35pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
The Associated Press reports Raftery will call games for the reshaped Big East Conference for the new cable network Fox Sports 1. Raftery had worked for ESPN since 1982. He will continue to also call games for CBS.
ESPN released a statement upon Raftery's departure.
"We completely understand his interest in remaining associated with the core group of schools that he's been part of for 30+ years. We wish him the absolute best in his next chapter and thank him for his incredible contributions to ESPN."
Raftery says he leaves ESPN "with nothing but terrific memories and friendships."
"I've been associated with the Big East Conference since it began, and I feel the same excitement and anticipation now as I did way back then as the conference is re-born with Fox Sports."
The revamped Big East is set to start offon July 1 following a split from the original conference that was founded in 1979. The member schools are Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette, DePaul, Butler, Creighton and Xavier.
Raftery coached the Seton Hall Pirates for 11 years, posting a 154-141 (.522) record.
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