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Keith Byars is the man

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 3 time NCAA National Champion Buckeye Football Fan 1968, 2002, 2014
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Comment 23 Mar 2015

I too have concerns about the development of the players in the basketball program. While I am a supporter of Thad Matta and don't feel the need to run him out of town, there seems to be an issue with player development. Those who stay for there 4 years don't seem to really improve in weak areas. Case in point, Aaron Craft, great defender when he came in with a weak shot. Left great defender and still a poor shooter. 

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Thanks for the info. Started running because my 6th grade daughter decided to run cross country for her middle school team last fall. Become addicted and decided at age 46 if I ever wanted to run a marathon I'd better do it now.

Comment 22 Mar 2015

Congrats LABuckeye, I've been running off and on for about 9 months and would love to run the Columbus Marathon next fall but keep knotting up in calf and that forces me to take time off. People like you inspire me.

Comment 20 Mar 2015

I'd like to know who is responsible for filling out the book. I've coached basketball for over 20 years and double and triple check it before I hand it to my scorekeeper. No excuse for that technical. I have seen it at the high school level for forgetting a player or a wrong number but never at the college level. Could have caused the buckeyes the game. I know the head coach at OU fills out the book and gives it to the official scorer. I'm not a person who wants Thad fired and I actually think he's a very good coach. 

Comment 16 Mar 2015

Izzo has won a championship and not sure but I think Ryan has too at the Division 3 level. Both teams play the way I like to coach teams. Tough minded teams that rebound and play hard all the time. 

Comment 15 Mar 2015

I would tend to agree with you on this. Good coach that has done a lot here.

Comment 15 Mar 2015

Thad Matta is a product of his own success. I think you would have to go back to the days of Fred Taylor for this kind of success in basketball here. We've had teams for a few years here and there under the likes of Eldon Miller, Gary Williams (might had won a title had he stayed), Randy Ayers, and Jim O'Brien that were good. Thad unfortunately has not developed this highly touted senior class over the past 4 years for whatever reason. Could be bad coaching (head coach and/or assistants), lack of effort to improve on players part, combination of both, or overrated players coming out of high school. All I know is that this group is hard to watch and have been for the last 2 seasons outside this group of freshmen. I don't see a need to replace Thad but if that was to happen I would say someone like Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens who could be back in college basketball in the near future.

Comment 11 Mar 2015

I coach girls sports and I can't imagine saying those things to the girls. I treat my athletes like my daughters and would never say the things that he's allleged to have said.

Comment 10 Mar 2015

When you look at that list and hear discussions of the best LB's to don the scarlet and gray, sometimes players like Tovar and Pepper Johnson get lost in the shuffle. Greats like Katzenmoyer and Gradishar are not on the tackles list but many consider them among the greatest. Can't really argue any of them. We have been blessed here at OSU. The game has changed so much now though from run oriented offenses to spread. Interesting to see tackle totals form here on out.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

As a kid:

1. Buckeye football: My dad started taking me to games at the shoe when I was in elementary school during the days of Woody and have been hooked since. A number of years full of Saturdays at the shoe thanks to season tickets have followed.

2. Reds Baseball: parents took me to Riverfront a lot as a kid during The Big Red Machine era. Nothing like going to bed listening to Marty and Joe. My dad was friends with Doug Flynn's family somehow.

3. High school football: my dad was on a staff that won a state championship. Loved fall Friday nights as a kid, as a player, and now again as a fan.

4.  Dallas Cowboys: loved Six million dollar man as a kid and saw Lee Majors on the sidelines of a Pitt Panthers game and the best player for Pitt was Tony Dorsett. When he became a Cowboy, so did I.

5. Philadelphia 76ers: Dr. J is all I need to say. Got to watch him play an exhibition game at St. John Arena vs the Celtics and Hondo. Dr. J walked past me after the game over by the Holiday Inn on Lane. 

Great memories.

adult fan:

1. Still Buckeyes football

2. The Reds

3. High school football

4. Cincinnati Bengals: overtook the Cowboys since it's so much easier to go to a game there plus being around browns and steelers fan I need someone else to root for. (I do however respect browns fans and think art modell was a tool for taking the browns away from its great fans).

5. CBJ: Have enjoyed having an NHL team in Columbus and enjoy taking my family there.

Comment 27 Feb 2015

Just watched him put up over 30 points tonight in sectional finals. Man, can he shoot a basketball. Smooth on the court. Strong upper body with broad shoulders, legs look a little small compared to upper body.  What I liked most is he just played, didn't strut around, didn't talk trash, just played and played well. I don't know what the future holds for him at OSU as the competition is going to be intense but, I wouldn't bet against him.

Comment 26 Feb 2015

Two stories. First was at baseball's winter meetings on Miami Beach as a college student looking to get into pro ball on the business side. Got into an elevator and rode it with Bo, Sparky Anderson, and Hank Aaron.  Next story, I'm in LA for a weekend with the wife and we are on Hollywood Boulavard walking around looking at the walk of fame when I run into someone on the street and about knocked him down. Look up and it's Jimmy Kimmel who we had tickets to go see that night. 

Comment 23 Feb 2015

Middle School teacher and coach of various sports ranging from head varsity coach to middle school coach.

Comment 22 Feb 2015

Larry Bolden was my very first favorite Buckeye player. He was the best player on the team the night my dad took me to my first buckeye basketball game. Kevin Ransey still is my all time favorite.

Comment 21 Feb 2015

2002 Win over the rival, the Iowa game, the LSU game, and many other ttun, USC game, Notre dame game.

Comment 21 Feb 2015

My favorite in person run of all time. I was sitting in A deck in closed end that day. Keith Byars is the Man!

Comment 21 Feb 2015

One of my high school buddies saw his first Buckeye game vs Iowa that day. My dad had an extra ticket so I took a friend and what a game it was. If memory serves me correctly, Iowa ranked number 1 in nation and Ohio State had the longest home winning streak at the time. Loud it was, we stormed the field afterwards. Great day! 

Comment 21 Feb 2015

Remy, sorry to hear this. I am an only child and my 2 best friends were like brothers to me and unfortunately they were killed when we were 21. 25 years later I still miss the fact that I can't talk to them, hang out with them, and do the things you do with those that you care most about. I pray that someday you and your brother will be able to come back together.

Comment 21 Feb 2015

Best news period!!! Said a  quick prayer this morning and thankfully it was answered. I hope 618 gets all the help he needs to get over this and becomes stronger as a result. Love this site! Great people here!!!

Comment 21 Feb 2015

And only half of us in the crowd the day of Olive's TD saw it. So many Buckeye fans left the shoe early that day. The shoe was rockin' during that comeback win.

Comment 19 Feb 2015

Did more research this morning of older players and this is my all time Buckeye Football list (teacher with day off thanks to weather) 

CFHoF = College Football Hall of Fame PFHoF = Pro Football Hall of Fame


QB Troy Smith (Heisman) Backup Rex Kern CFHoF

TB Archie Griffin (2xHeisman) Backup only because 1xHeisman's Hop Cassady, Eddie George, Chic Harley, Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, Keith Byars (stinking Doug Flutie Hail Mary cost him Heisman)

FB Bob Ferguson CFHoF Backup Jim Otis (leading rusher all 3 years at OSU), John Brockington

WR Cris Carter PFHoF, David Boston Backup Terry Glenn, Joey Galloway

TE Wes Fesler CFHoF backup John Frank, Paul Warfield PFHoF  WR (played halfback 2 yrs and Tight End 1 yr)

C Gomer Jones CFHoF backup LeCharles Bentley, Nick Mangold (probably will be starter once if ever inducted into halls of fame)

G Jim Parker CFHoF, William Amling CFHoF (7th in voting for Heisman) backup Jim Lachey, Gust Zamer CFHof

T Orlando Pace CFHoF and future PFHoF, John Hicks CFHoF backups Korey Stringer, Jim Marshall, Chris Ward


LB Chris Spielman CFHoF, Randy Gradishar CFHoF, James Laurinaitis (3x All American), Tom Cousineau (2x All American) backups AJ Hawk (2x), Steve Tovar (2x)

DE Jim Houston CFHoF, Joey Bosa backup Van DeCree (2x All American)

DTJim Stillwagon CFHoF, Bill Willis PFHoF and CFHoF backup Dan Wilkinson (1st overall NFL pick in draft)

CB Antoine Winfield (2x All American), Jack Tatum CFHoF  and should be PFHoF, backup Malcom Jenkins (2x All American), Shawn Springs, Dick LeBeau PFHoF

S Mike Doss (3x All American), Mike Sensibaugh (OSU career interception holder) backup Donte Whitner, 


Tom Skladany Punter (3x All American) backup Tom Tupa

Mike Nugent Kicker backup Vlade Janakievski


WOODY HAYES CFHoF all those Championships

PAUL BROWN OSU National Championship PFHoF innovator of Football

Jim Tressel CFHoF, OSU National Champions 2002, NCAA 1AA champions at YSU

URBAN MEYER 3 time National Champion (1 so far at THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY) Future CFHoF

EARLE BRUCE CFHoF Great coaching tree including Meyer, Tressel, Saban, Carroll

JOHN COOPER CFHoF (unfortunately couldn't  beat the rival)

SID GILLMAN (PFHoF coach credited with being the father of the modern pass) Didn't coach at OSU but played here.

John Wilce CFHoF  

Others of note: PFHoF former Buckeyes

Dante Levelli WR only played a few games for OSU due to draft and WW II, Cleveland Browns 

Lou "The Toe" Grosa Cleveland Browns, Only played 1 Year at OSU due to WWII, Kicker, offensive tackle.

Ed Sabol the father of NFL films