Boca Raton football coach Keith Byars under fire
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Boca Raton football coach Keith Byars was in danger of losing his job Tuesday night after allegedly shoving a player on the sidelines during Friday night's game against Jupiter, several sources have told The Post.
The former Dolphins running back was supposed to meet with Boca Principal Geoff McKee on Tuesday evening to discuss his future with the school.
Sources said videotape of the game showed Byars, 47, who took over as Boca's coach in 2009, shoved quarterback Kevin Anderson in the chest with two hands during an outburst in the second quarter of the Bobcats' 26-19 loss to the Warriors.
McKee would not comment on the incident or what he planned to discuss with Byars, who did not return phone calls from The Post. Phone messages left with the school's athletics department were not returned.
Anderson, reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, declined to talk about the incident.
Byars, a former Ohio State All-America, is 14-11 in two-plus seasons as the Bobcats' coach. He was an assistant coach at Atlantic and Pope John Paul II before taking over at Boca.
He replaced Eddie Giersbrook, who was forced out amid a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation into Boca's football program.
Byars coached Boca to a 9-3 record and a win in the regional quarterfinals in his first season, but the Bobcats struggled to a 4-6 record last season and missed the playoffs.
Boca is 1-2 this season, with a win over rival West Boca and close losses to Atlantic and Jupiter.
Byars played for four NFL teams - Philadelphia, Miami, New England and the New York Jets - in 13 seasons and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1993, his first of four years with the Dolphins.
His son, Keith II, is a senior and the Bobcats' leading rusher. Byars is also studio analyst for WQAM-560's Miami Dolphins coverage.
Matt Porter contributed to this story.