In Which We Toast Kyle Rowland, Eleven Warriors' First Employee

By Jason Priestas on August 5, 2014 at 10:05a
119 Comments

It seems like just yesterday we were a growing, but a not-sure-if-this-is-viable site and found ourselves at a crossroad. We knew we needed to up our coverage of Ohio State athletics to take the proverbial next step and we would need a full-time beat writer to effectively pull it off.

We launched our first and only fundraiser to hire a beat writer and you guys stepped up, making it a possibility. It was the first and most important hire we'd make as a site and we had to nail it.

Luckily, we we found Kyle Rowland. For the past two years, Kyle poured his heart and soul into this site, helping to make it what it is today – still growing and expanding our coverage of the Buckeyes. So, it's with a bittersweet feeling that I say Kyle has accepted a job with the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. His last day with Eleven Warriors is Friday.

Kyle is going to crush things for the Journal Gazette, just like he did for us. He was a pro every step of the way – a guy you never had to worry about – and that's such a luxury to have. Whether it was breaking news, establishing process for a site cutting its teeth, providing fast and reliable beat coverage, or conducting insightful interviews with heavyweights on the scene, Kyle made this site better at every step of the way.

So, let's take the next few days and raise a few toasts – perhaps we can even coax D.J. into publishing the mythical list of “Things Kyle Rowland Thinks are Amazing.”

Replacing Kyle won't be easy, but we've already hired another writer to join Patrick Maks on the beat. We'll have more details next week.

119 Comments

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mr.green's picture

Got get em Kyle. Thanks for the excellent coverage. 

+3 HS
What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

Good luck on your new endeavor Kyle.  Best wishes.  Check in from time to time won't ya.

+1 HS
droessl's picture

Best of luck, Kyle! Thanks for helping make 11W a daily read. 

Tim's picture

Good luck Kyle!  Thanks for the great coverage!

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

The seas of change continue for 11W with bittersweetness - Kyle, it's been great to read your work and your dedication to your craft is much appreciated.  We wish you the best, and glad to see that the Journal Gazette will be benefiting from a Buckeye!  Thanks for enriching our community.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

Hovenaut's picture

Appreciate all your efforts Kyle, you will be missed. Echo the sentiments as well, best of luck and hope you keep in touch.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

+1 HS
BroJim's picture

Kyle,
Thanks for all your hard work. I'll hope we can see you as guest writer some time in the future. Good luck at your new position!

I season my simple food with hunger

Earle's picture

Oh, Bother!

Best of luck Kyle.  We'll miss you.

Just say no to italics abuse.

+1 HS
Sloopy_HangOn's picture

What a great writer! The Gazette (somewhat of a hometown paper of mine) is lucky to get him. Looking forward to the work Kyle will bring to NE Indiana!

+2 HS
Killer nuts's picture

Just as Miami University is the cradle of coaches I think Eleven Warriors is making a case to be the cradle of writers. Seems like everyone that comes through these parts is able to use it as a jumping off point to bigger and better things. Congrats and good luck Kyle

+9 HS
SilverState's picture

Have always been a pleasure to read. Bummed, but happy for you.

Godspeed.

+3 HS
Devin1024's picture

Give 'em Hell, Kyle!

Doc's picture

Kyle, thank you and good luck.  Your stories were always top notch.  Enjoy Carlos and Kelley's when you get to Fort Wayne.  Try the margaritas, they're good.

"Say my name."

+1 HS
exnwohiobuckfan's picture

Do you mean Carlos O'kellys?

achillesx's picture

It'll be tough not reading his daily posts. In a world where anyone with a keyboard is able to post his or her opinion (grammatical errors and all), his writing is refreshing and I feel he always does a good job. I've grown to look forward to what he writes on a daily basis. 

Best of luck, Kyle. You're very good at what you do and the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette is lucky to have you!

+2 HS
RubixTube's picture
Congrats, Kyle...best of luck in Ft. Wayne.

Never before in the history of man have lives less lived been more chronicled. - Dennis Miller

+5 HS
jtlightner's picture

Luckily for me I live in Fort Wayne - so still reading from Kyle won't be a problem.

Congrats Kyle!

+5 HS
d5k's picture

Good bye Kyle it's been nice, hope you find your paradiiiise

+1 HS
beamga's picture

Great reference, D5K!

Barnsey69's picture

Good luck to you Kyle, I'm sure we'll see you around the tailgate scene from time to time.

Buckeye for life!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

MN Buckeye's picture

Kyle taking the next career step. Best wishes, young man, you have a bright future.

Poison nuts's picture

Well, our loss is their gain. I've really enjoyed reading your stuff Kyle & you absolutely did make this site so much better with your coverage & interviews. Thanks for adding to my addiction & good luck in your future endeavors!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

+1 HS
Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

Larryp713's picture

Congrats Kyle. Thanks for the great work. Best wishes.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

Seattle Linga's picture

Keep crushing it Kyle like you did for us these last 24 months. Good luck and thanks for all the hard work. Come back in here so we can upvote you !!!!!!!!!!!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Congrats, Kyle. Please remember us when you're famous. 

sharks's picture

Have fun in the Fort. The nice thing about it is that you're only about 20 miles from OH.

Also, none of this is my business, but no official fond farewell for Jordan means there's more to that story...

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

chitown buckeye's picture

Best of luck, Kyle! Go kill it in NE Indy!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

bakerjon's picture

Good luck Kyle. May our virtual paths cross again someday!

"He Good!"
"Good and terrible..."

Tater_Schroeder's picture
Congrats.

How Firm Thy Friendship

+3 HS
BucksfanXC's picture

Cheers to Kyle.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

toad1204's picture

Please don't go....

http://stream1.gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs4/1858451_o.gif

But if you must go, own that job.  Be sure to turn some Ft Waynieans(?) into Buckeye fans. 

First article about Deshaun Thomas?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Atta boy Kyle. I knew you could do it!

Thanks for all the hard work you did for 11W and best of luck in Ft. Wayne. 

tussey's picture

Congrats Kyle!!!  I'm bummed that you are leaving the site, however excited that you will be in Ft. Wayne.  Remember the baseball team is the Tin Caps, not the potheads.  

Quickturtle's picture

Living in Fort Wayne and working in HS sports, I can't wait for another Buckeye fan to join the area. Congrats!

+1 HS
M Man's picture

Hail and farewell to a great contributor.

+9 HS
apack614's picture

Thanks for all the hard work for us fans, best of luck with all future endeavours Kyle!

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Thanks for your contributions, Kyle.  Best of luck to you in your new endeavor.  

Embrace it.

gumtape's picture

Taking a big risk going from the established internet to print media. A man of Kyle's talent will do well wherever he ends up.

High and tight boo boo

+2 HS
Buckataltitude's picture

Congrats! Sad to see you go, but sounds like a great opportunity.

bigbadbuck's picture

Congrats and good luck Kyle!  Im picking up the next round gents!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room