breaking news

Pedestrian reportedly struck by a train in Springfield

Another area player is quitting basketball in favor of football


Looks like Ahmad Wagner has company. 

Less than a week after the former Wayne star announced he is leaving the Iowa basketball team to try his hand at football, Darius Harper shared via Twitter he plans to do the same thing. 

Harper played football and basketball at Springfield before signing to play roundball at Miami University in Oxford.  

The 6-foot-8, 290-pounder played in 30 games as a freshman in 2016-17 but saw action in only six games last season, the first under new RedHawks coach Jack Owens. 

Harper was a 247Sports three-star offensive tackle prospect and the No. 32 player in Ohio in the Class of 2016. 

In his announcement, Harper said he is open to joining the Miami football team. 

“I had fun playing basketball and all the places it (has) taken me, but I have been thinking of my future for me and my family and want to go back to my first love,” Harper said. “I hope everyone can respect my decision.” 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Cincinnati Bengals off to strong start, but injuries piling up
Cincinnati Bengals off to strong start, but injuries piling up

The Cincinnati Bengals are off to about as good of a start as they could hope for in terms of the results, but the same cannot be said for the health of the team. Cincinnati (2-0) travels to face the Carolina Panthers (1-1) on Sunday and will be using some backups at key positions in an offense that has been rolling through the first two games. »...
Week 4 area high school football passing leaders
Week 4 area high school football passing leaders

The following are area high school football passing leaders through Week 4. Southwest Ohio Conference: Connor Kinnett, jr., Harrison, 57 of 100 passing (57.0 percent), 1,040 yards, 10 TDs, 1 INT. Midwest Athletic Conference: Jake Hemmelgarn, jr., Coldwater, 77 of 102 passing (75.5 percent), 990 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs. Central Buckeye Conference: Chris...
Ryan Day to receive hefty one-time payment for serving as interim Ohio State football coach
Ryan Day to receive hefty one-time payment for serving as interim Ohio State football coach

How much is navigating a top five team through preseason and to a 3-0 start worth?  Nearly half a million dollars.  According to a letter released by the university Wednesday, Ohio State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will be paid $487,000 for serving as interim head coach in Urban Meyer’s absence.  »...
Bengals first-round pick out at least two weeks with foot injury
Bengals first-round pick out at least two weeks with foot injury

Cincinnati Bengals rookie center Billy Price is out at least two weeks with a foot injury. Price said his injury, which occurred during Thursday’s win against Baltimore, was just diagnosed Wednesday morning and he is required to wear a boot full-time but he does not need surgery. He did not disclose what exactly the injury is except that it is...
Ohio State football: How much did suspension cost Urban Meyer?
Ohio State football: How much did suspension cost Urban Meyer?

Urban Meyer returns to full coaching duties at Ohio State this week lighter in the wallet.  The football coach’s six-week, three-game suspension cost him $570,507.68 according to a document provided by the university in response to a public records request by this news organization. The sum reflects a reduction in his base salary as...
More Stories