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Brian Kollars

Brian Kollars has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 2003. He was named Investigative Team Editor in March 2012 and works with a staff of five to uncover government waste and dig into key topics in our community. He also collaborates with WHIO-TV on I-Team stories and writes a Sunday Sports column entitled “Second Thoughts.” Prior to his current assignment, Brian worked as Sports Editor for seven years. He edited many sections that won state and national awards and his writing  resumé  includes a Best of Gannett. Brian was born and raised in Yankton, S.D., and is a graduate of Valparaiso University. He enjoys coaching youth sports and lives in Oakwood with his wife and three children. 

Latest from Brian Kollars

‘Scooch’ carries Flyers to top of Atlantic 10
 A lot of people think Clemson can beat Alabama. A lot of people are just hoping for a competitive game Monday night. They say, “Oh, Clemson’s offense looked great last year against the Tide and will be better this time.” I think Alabama’s monster defense wants another shot at the Tigers. Scoochie Smith is something...

Posted: 13 days ago

A lot of people think Clemson can beat Alabama. A lot of people are just hoping for a competitive game Monday night. They say, “Oh, Clemson’s offense looked great last year against the Tide and will be better this time.” I think Alabama’s monster defense wants another shot at the Tigers. Scoochie Smith is something...
Bowl game rewind: RedHawks wilt in shadow of end zone

Posted: 20 days ago

Happy New Year, everyone! Pop a few Advil before you break down the Buckeyes’ performance last night. And don’t forget to come up with a few resolutions you’ll forget about next week. One that I intend to keep is to never do that stupid “feed me” motion that football players do after gaining six yards. Speaking...
Second Thoughts: College athletes starting to realize they have clout

9:45 PM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

We’re one week from Christmas Day. I hope you all get a nice gift or two. I’m looking forward to watching a lot of bowl games — a gift almost as cool as the Evel Knievel windup motorcycle I got as a kid. The University of Minnesota football players blinked and decided to play in the Holiday Bowl. But I don’t think...
Second Thoughts: Catholics vs. Convicts and Kirk Gibson — what a day
 I’m getting mentally prepared for my annual stocking-stuffer shopping trip to Walgreens, hoping to score some deals on some of those cool “as seen on TV” items. I know there’s one thing I will not be buying: Hatchimals. I went to the Country Bands Together concert Saturday night at the Nutter Center so I missed ESPN&rsquo...

10:26 PM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

I’m getting mentally prepared for my annual stocking-stuffer shopping trip to Walgreens, hoping to score some deals on some of those cool “as seen on TV” items. I know there’s one thing I will not be buying: Hatchimals. I went to the Country Bands Together concert Saturday night at the Nutter Center so I missed ESPN&rsquo...
Remembering John Glenn

10:23 PM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

A sampling of the reaction to the death of John Glenn: “I remember vividly, as a freshman at Yellow Springs High School, sitting in science class and, like so many Americans, listening to the radio and watching on TV later in the day, as John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. That day, he captured the hearts of Americans...
Racinos enjoying record run; casinos trending down
 Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...

10:46 PM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...
Racinos enjoying record run; casinos trending down
 Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...

10:46 PM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...
UD’s Curran ranked 68th in pay for private university presidents
 Former University of Dayton president Dan Curran received $771,354 in compensation in 2014, ranking him No. 68 among private university presidents. Curran was No. 2 on the list of Ohio private university presidents, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual list Sunday. Curran stepped down as president at...

8:39 PM Monday, Dec. 05, 2016

Former University of Dayton president Dan Curran received $771,354 in compensation in 2014, ranking him No. 68 among private university presidents. Curran was No. 2 on the list of Ohio private university presidents, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual list Sunday. Curran stepped down as president at...
Second Thoughts: Don’t worry, Buckeyes are a lock for playoffs
 Jill is a graduate of Western Michigan University, so she’s found her way onto the “Row the Boat” bandwagon. For the sake of underdogs everywhere, I hope that boat doesn’t capsize when the upstart Broncos take on one of the big boys in the Cotton Bowl. There are people out there who say, with a straight face, that...

9:01 PM Saturday, Dec. 03, 2016

Jill is a graduate of Western Michigan University, so she’s found her way onto the “Row the Boat” bandwagon. For the sake of underdogs everywhere, I hope that boat doesn’t capsize when the upstart Broncos take on one of the big boys in the Cotton Bowl. There are people out there who say, with a straight face, that...
Second Thoughts: Versatile QBs are the difference in college football
 I made my annual Black Friday trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods and two things stood out: 1) Brick-and-mortar stores are still relevant. It was nearly impossible to find a parking spot and the lines were long. 2) Champion is the sports clothing brand that delivers the most bang for the buck. Much better than Nike. Ohio State’s scintillating...

10:06 PM Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

I made my annual Black Friday trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods and two things stood out: 1) Brick-and-mortar stores are still relevant. It was nearly impossible to find a parking spot and the lines were long. 2) Champion is the sports clothing brand that delivers the most bang for the buck. Much better than Nike. Ohio State’s scintillating...