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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
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Keith Byars
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Kelvin Ransey
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 19 Apr 2015

Good luck to him. It's his life and he has to make the decision that's best for him. Something tells me the Buckeyes will be just fine without him. The thing about this staff that impresses me is when they miss out on a star player they bring in another one equal or better.

Comment 11 Apr 2015

Congrats! Best thing in the world.

Comment 11 Apr 2015

I always tell the girls to run hard on shots in the gap from first because I'm not stopping you. I did today and it cost us a possible win. Dumb!

Comment 11 Apr 2015

My biggest mistake today was not sending the winning run from 3rd to home in extra innings with 2 outs on a double down the line. We didn't score her and loss in the 9th. To be fair, we had runners on 1st and 2nd and hit it down the third base line. Cutoff had the ball in the outfield when my player got to third from 1st and I had my lead off hitter up next. Should have made her make the throw to get her. Sleepless night ahead for me.

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!