Boca Raton to announce the fate of coach Keith Byars on Thursday
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
by Jeff Greer
Boca Raton High School will announce Thursday its plans for football coach Keith Byars, the school's principal said Wednesday night.
Byars, who is in his third year as coach of the Bobcats, allegedly shoved a player on the sidelines during Friday night's home loss to Jupiter. Byars met with Principal Geoff McKee on Tuesday to present his side of the incident and discuss his future with the school.
Multiple sources said Wednesday that the former Dolphins running back would not continue as Boca's coach. He declined to comment in a text message to The Post.
McKee, who would not confirm that Byars was leaving the school, said he would withhold comment until Byars had spoken to his team. Byars is expected to address his players and coaches at a team meeting Thursday.
Because Byars, 47, is a non-salaried employee, his potential departure would not require school board approval. Instead, the school could choose not to renew his contract and another coach would take over for the rest of the season.
Boca Raton does not play this week. Its next game is Sept. 30 at Glades Central.
Byars is 14-11 at Boca Raton. He led the Bobcats to a 9-3 record and a win in the regional quarterfinals in his first season as coach. Last season, Boca struggled to a 4-6 finish and missed the playoffs. Boca is 1-2 this season and its leading rusher is Byars' son, Keith Byars .
Byars was an All-America at Ohio State before playing 13 years in the NFL. He played for the Eagles (1986-92), Dolphins (1993-96), Patriots (1996-97) and Jets (1998) and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1993 while with the Dolphins.