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Colin Cowherd to leave ESPN

Colin Cowherd on the set of "The Herd

Colin Cowherd on the set of "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" during Super Bowl week in Arizona on Jan. 26, 2015. Credit: ESPN Images/Phil Ellsworth

Colin Cowherd is leaving ESPN.

Cowherd has been a visible figure at the company since 2003, particularly on the radio side, and ESPN sought to retain him. But his contract was up and he likely will move to Fox Sports for a role that has not yet been determined.

ESPN president John Skipper acknowledged Cowherd's pending departure in a statement to The Big Lead, which first reported the story, saying, "We've enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society. Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best."

Cowherd would be the third prominent, outspoken, highly paid figure to leave ESPN this year, joining Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann.

Jamie Horowitz, the new president of Fox Sports, was Cowherd's producer on the TV show "SportsNation" at ESPN.

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