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    SEC Digital Network Welcomes Blue Ribbon Basketball

    The SEC Digital Network is proud to announce the addition of legendary writer Chris Dortch and Blue Ribbon Basketball to the SEC content platform.

    The SEC Digital Network will add the “SEC Blue Ribbon Report with Chris Dortch” as the next addition to its SEC talent lineup, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.  The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has been the standard college basketball information source for coaches, broadcasters from ESPN and CBS, NBA scouts and fans for three decades. Dortch, the editor and publisher of the publication, is bringing his knowledge and connections to the SEC Digital Network. 

    Dortch will be providing SEC fans with coverage spanning the entire conference on a weekly basis. He will draw upon his years covering the SEC to provide in-depth analysis, one-on-one interviews with coaches and players, live chats and video features throughout the season.

    Dortch, who covered SEC basketball at four newspapers in a 20-year career, began work as a contributing editor at Blue Ribbon in 1996 and has been the chief editor of the publication the last twelve years.  In addition to work with the Digital Network, Chris is also a contributor to Sports Illustrated and NBA-TV.

    Another exciting basketball season is underway, and Chris Dortch will take SEC basketball coverage to a whole new level!




    Chris Dortch Bio

    Chris Dortch estimates he’s covered close to 1,500 college basketball games since he was sports editor of his college student newspaper back in the late ’70s. “And it never gets old,” he says. “I always get pumped up to watch college hoops.”

    Dortch came to love basketball growing up in the basketball crazy state of Illinois, watching Missouri Valley Conference and Big Ten games every Saturday and pouring over the sports section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I think I learned how to read a box score before I learned how to read,” he says.

    In college, first at George Mason and later at East Tennessee State, he came under the influence of two coaches that gave him a behind-the-scenes look at basketball from a coaching perspective. “After that I was hooked,” he says. “I knew I wanted to cover college basketball for a living.”

    And so he did, focusing on the Southeastern Conference at four newspapers and then for Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the famed “bible” of college basketball which Dortch began editing in 1996.

    In a 30-year career, Dortch has written for numerous publications and websites, served as a college basketball correspondent for Sports Illustrated, appeared on more than 1,000 radio shows and written five books, including String Music: Inside the Rise of SEC Basketball.

    Dortch has provided commentary for CSS, Fox Sports South, NBA TV and the Big Ten Network and also taught sports writing at East Tennessee State and Tennessee-Chattanooga, where his students call him “Professor D.”