Meet Your First Hire

By 11W Staff on June 6, 2012 at 8:00a
This is what one of Kyle's many offices at 11W will look like.

Eleven Warriors houses many writers, columnists, contributors and commenters. Beginning next month, it will also have a much-anticipated full-time employee.

Last December we decided 11W readers shouldn't have to wait for the site to eclipse the revenue projections required for us to hire a beat writer for you. You listened to our pleas, learned our secrets and then quickly closed the delta in our cash flows.

As as result, hundreds of you recently received Respect the Basement t-shirts (thanks again, Bob) as a token of our gratitude for your generosity. And now all of you have a seasoned veteran, polished writer and well-respected member of the Ohio State beat as your 11W beat writer.

We received dozens of resumes from seasoned sportswriters and beat writers, ranging from local newspaper editors to sports desk managers at nationally-read print publications (!) and we conducted numerous interviews to find our lady or gentleman who would be the best fit for the job description we crafted (Ed: On a dozen cocktail napkins in smudged red pen)

The hiring process is now over. It's time to introduce you to the writer who will be representing 11W on the Ohio State beat.

Kyle Rowland, an 11W alumnus, will be returning to fulfill the unmet obligations of having an Eleven Warriors presence on the beat. He comes back to us by way of after successfully managing those duties for the Rivals/Yahoo! Sports Ohio State affiliate.

He will complete his obligations to BuckeyeGrove before transitioning to 11W with a start date of July 1. 

BASEMENT: RESPECTEDAdam Pratt respects the basement. Thanks, Adam.

Kyle's news writing experience and Ohio State-specific expertise covers football and basketball in addition to the non-revenue sports that make him a well-rounded and tuned-in beat writer.

He also possesses one of our requirements: Separating his heart from his brain where the Buckeyes are concerned (though he's not above letting his personality peek in the window in the least subtle way possible).

Most of all, he understands the 11W culture. He has been part of it. He will now be the face of it, behind the mic, on press row and in the box hanging above the West sideline at 410 Woody Hayes Drive.

Kyle rejoins Eleven Warriors at a time where site traffic is growing at a 500% clip over the same time last year, when site traffic was climbing at an almost vertical tilt. His command of beat writing duties completes the value proposition 11W has always aspired to.

This site, which is committed to free and original content without NASCAR-style advertising, annoying click-throughs or slideshows that artificially inflate metrics is now self-sufficient. The next time we ask you to open your pocketbooks it will be to benefit Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Eat Too, Brutus 3. We're back to paying forward again.

You're buying 11W t-shirts, sweatshirts and onesies (thank you, Baby Buckeyes) from the Dry Goods Depot at such a frantic pace that we brought art direction in-house to keep up with your demand for new merchandise.

For the umpteenth month in a row, it's never been better at Eleven Warriors. We are committed to keeping that streak going, and Kyle will be determined to ensure that 11W delivers you all of the fresh, original Ohio State news to accompany the rest of our content that you're already clicking several million times every month.

Thanks again for making this happen. We will not let you down.

And welcome back, Mr. Rowland. Your room is exactly the same way you left it (it just has a few million more eyeballs going through your stuff now).


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703Buckeye's picture

Congrats Kyle, looking forward to having you back!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Jbuckham94's picture

Welcome back Kyle. Can't wait to hear your writing style as a newer visitor.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

Ethos's picture

WE did nothing.  YOU GUYS made this site what it is which got you this success.  Please don't give us credit.  Well, except for the 100 or so people I told about this site that now haunt it like it's BW3's giving out free wings.  You guys keep em here.
Congrats to Kyle!

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Boxley's picture

^ This plus a million.
You guys are the site, your love of TOSU and your excellent writing skills make it the place to go to for intelligent well thought out articles. The quality of your writing brings in high quality viewers and commentators (not talking about myself).
The quality of this site brings me back every day, just another addict needing my daily fix of journalistic excellence.
Thank You for sharing all of your knowledge of all things tOSU and beyond, and thank you all, for sharing all of your fine work with all of us. 

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

Maestro's picture

Nah, it's all about the posters.  The lifeblood of this place is us calling each other morons and other various insults.

vacuuming sucks

William's picture

Maestro, can you stop being a moron for once? This post is seriously stupid. 

Maestro's picture


HA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vacuuming sucks

Denny's picture

Looking forward to all of the ROW(land)ing coverage!!


Maestro's picture

Oh, so that's why they do slideshows.
Welcome back Kyle.  Congratulations and best of luck.

vacuuming sucks

Kyle Rowland's picture

Thanks for all the kind words. I'm excited to come aboard. The future for Eleven Warrios is brighter by the day. Happy that I can be a small piece of that success. Feel free to reach out to me with questions or comments (good or bad) via Twitter (@KyleRowland) or email ( I love hearing from the fans and listening to various viewpoints on an array of topics. Don't be shy. Again, thanks. 

RBuck's picture

Kyle, will you have full media creds?

Long live the southend.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

No, thank you, for keeping us junkies updated on the latest news. I'm looking forward to reading your reports. Will you be going undercover inside the Belly of the Beast? 

Buckeyejason's picture

Welcome back Kyle! (old perverted man from family guys voice)
The site has become an empire of sorts. Can't get enough!


Baroclinicity's picture

Welcome (back) Kyle!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Colin's picture

Congrats all around. So will there be a devoted section of the website for the full timer kind of like the forum and blog section? A Kyle's Corner...

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

11W is by far the best source out there for Buckeye news and great debates.  I'm in the Navy and stationed in Virginia and this has been my lone source for Ohio State news for quite some time now as well as my fellow Buckeyes onboard the ship.   You guys make a ten month deployment not so bad!  Keep it up and congrats on the success! 

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Colonel Quaritch's picture

Congrats and welcome back Kyle!! Cant wait to read what you have to say about the Bucks!

"The question isn't who's going to let me, it's who's going to stop me." 

bassplayer7770's picture

I look forward to reading your contributions, Kyle!

gravey's picture

Welcome back, to that same ol' place that laughed about....welcome back....

BoFuquel's picture

Cograts Kyle. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Welcome back Kyle. Congrats

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

blazers34's picture

Seems like a shot across the bow of other buckeye sites.  Quality like Kyle on a free website.  I love it.  <shoots shotgun in air>

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Watch out for falling pellets.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

This is exciting, welcome back!   There is no better site for all things buckeye. 

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

E2Brutus's picture

It's been fun to watch this site grow. You guys are doing a great job! My number one stop for all things Buckeye and some things not. Congrats, Kyle and 11W!

Doc's picture

Welcome back Kyle!  The Eleven Warriors staff needs a standing ovation.  You guys and gals are the best.  The site gets better every day.  Thank you so much for doing what you do.
Go Bucks and Go Eleven Warriors!

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Defend Youngstown's picture

I was holding out for George Dohrmann, but whatever.

tennbuckeye19's picture

For me either Dohrmann or Matt Hayes would've been my preference. 

blazers34's picture

Wonder what Kevin Noon's reaction was.

OSUAlum95110's picture

Welcome, Kyle - and happy reporting...

Poison nuts's picture

Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.
Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.
Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.
Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)
Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've hot him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

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

DJ Byrnes's picture

Damn, this site is going to hell if they're entrusting things of note to carrousers like Young Lenin.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.