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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

Second Thoughts? An All-American move might be good for UD
 I used to yell “stop the ball” a lot when I coached CYO basketball. I was yelling at Wisconsin at the end of its regional semifinal game late Friday. But the Badgers let Florida’s Chris Chiozza dribble straight up the court and paid the price. Four seconds is plenty of time to get a good shot. Stop the ball! The success...

Posted: 4 days ago

I used to yell “stop the ball” a lot when I coached CYO basketball. I was yelling at Wisconsin at the end of its regional semifinal game late Friday. But the Badgers let Florida’s Chris Chiozza dribble straight up the court and paid the price. Four seconds is plenty of time to get a good shot. Stop the ball! The success...
Second Thoughts: A 10 seed will give fading Flyers a fighting chance
 St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, which means green beer, green milk shakes and plenty of overtime for the UD police. There’s also plenty of green stuff in plastic containers in the back of our refrigerator, so if I’m forced to pick a green option it’ll likely be a cold one. The Dayton Flyers peaked on March 1 when they...

Posted: 18 days ago

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, which means green beer, green milk shakes and plenty of overtime for the UD police. There’s also plenty of green stuff in plastic containers in the back of our refrigerator, so if I’m forced to pick a green option it’ll likely be a cold one. The Dayton Flyers peaked on March 1 when they...
Second Thoughts: Sometimes it takes a little luck to get into UD Arena
 The Big Ten Tournament has the potential to be wildly entertaining. Maybe I’ll drive over to Indy and … oh, what? The tournament is in Washington? Sorry, not driving to D.C. I hope the Big Ten brass takes note of all the empty seats after Maryland gets eliminated. What an awful decision. I would like to publicly endorse the fine...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Big Ten Tournament has the potential to be wildly entertaining. Maybe I’ll drive over to Indy and … oh, what? The tournament is in Washington? Sorry, not driving to D.C. I hope the Big Ten brass takes note of all the empty seats after Maryland gets eliminated. What an awful decision. I would like to publicly endorse the fine...
Second Thoughts: Let the hype begin for UD-VCU heavyweight bout
 The Reds provided a preview of the 2017 season in their exhibition opener Friday, blowing a late 4-2 lead and losing to the Giants on a walk-off home run in Scottsdale. The good news: Most of Cincinnati’s regulars stayed behind in Goodyear. I think that’s good news. UD and VCU. The cream of the Atlantic 10 crop (not a bumper one...

8:33 PM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

The Reds provided a preview of the 2017 season in their exhibition opener Friday, blowing a late 4-2 lead and losing to the Giants on a walk-off home run in Scottsdale. The good news: Most of Cincinnati’s regulars stayed behind in Goodyear. I think that’s good news. UD and VCU. The cream of the Atlantic 10 crop (not a bumper one...
Second Thoughts: Archie Miller can afford to wait for an elite coaching gig
 I’m in a bad mood because I had to pay for a new screen for my kid’s smartphone. Even though we had insurance, the store wouldn’t stand by the piece of junk, even though screens pop off these devices as often as Joe Lunardi changes his first four out. Customer service. Dead. One of the NBC Sports guys working UD’s...

9:53 PM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

I’m in a bad mood because I had to pay for a new screen for my kid’s smartphone. Even though we had insurance, the store wouldn’t stand by the piece of junk, even though screens pop off these devices as often as Joe Lunardi changes his first four out. Customer service. Dead. One of the NBC Sports guys working UD’s...
Baseball’s strike zone is small enough already

9:31 PM Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

Jill and I watched Friday’s thrilling UD-Rhode Island game at Milano’s with some friends. Great atmosphere, people cheering, throwing up high-fives. And it’s not even March. The Flyers’ mission is to keep winning and avoid an 8 or 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. An A-10 championship could vault them as high as a No...
Second Thoughts: Patriots have Brady, and that will be enough
 My one rule on Super Bowl Sunday: no parties. But I’m suspending my rule tonight because I have little interest in watching the Patriots or Falcons. So bring on the cold beer and good conversation, which always seem to cease during the commercials. The talking, I mean. There is a game to be played between the ads for Budweiser and high-end...

1:58 PM Sunday, Feb. 05, 2017

My one rule on Super Bowl Sunday: no parties. But I’m suspending my rule tonight because I have little interest in watching the Patriots or Falcons. So bring on the cold beer and good conversation, which always seem to cease during the commercials. The talking, I mean. There is a game to be played between the ads for Budweiser and high-end...
Time for Bengals to pull the plug on Pacman

2:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

National Signing Day is Wednesday. One over-hyped high school recruit who won’t be pledging his love to Ohio State is James Robinson, a 4-star wide receiver from Florida. Robinson was cited for possession of marijuana during his official visit to Columbus last week. Way to make an impression, kid. Pacman Jones is “deeply embarrassed...
‘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...

8:15 PM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

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

5:50 PM Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

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...