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I’m leaving ESPN. You know that, but here’s the story in my own words

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Kenny Mayne is calling it an ESPN career this month after 27 years. The longtime “SportsCenter” anchor is going out as unpredictable as ever. (Jeff Lewis / Associated Press)

A week ago today, May 10, ESPN and I agreed that I would not return to the network after my contract expired at the end of this month.

Someone once likened my arrival at ESPN to that of “a longshot horse going 12-wide on the turn for home, but finding its way into the photo at the wire.”

Any result was possible.

Sounds about right.

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“It was a good run,” my good friend and former colleague Bill Pidto, now with New York’s Madison Square Garden Network, texted me.

Last Monday afternoon, I hit “send” to announce it was the end of the run, and the next 72 hours were like nothing I’ve before experienced. I received so many calls and

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So Haiby told assistant coach Chuck Love she was ready, and he quickly told Haiby to check in the game. Then Haiby asked Love whom she should go in for?

Love’s response: “Anybody!”

“That was funny. Everyone was laughing,” Haiby said. “The scorer’s table was laughing, too.”

On Nebraska’s injury-depleted roster, that may have been Love’s response to any of Nebraska’s guards, but especially Haiby. She leads the Huskers in scoring (16.1 per game), rebounding (7.4) and assists (3.7).

She’s one of Nebraska’s best players at creating a scoring chance with her drives to the basket, and with the game on the line you’d want Haiby in the game.

On the winning basket, Haiby got her own rebound on the right side of the hoop and quickly got off a shot high off the backboard with about 0.5 seconds left in the game.

“I kind of just chased my miss

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