Posted: 8:09 pm Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Boca Raton coach Keith Byars responds to the critics 

By Matt Porter

As an ex-NFL player with a son playing a prominent role on the team he coaches, Boca Raton coach Keith Byars knows he’s an easy target for criticism.



His team is out of the playoffs after winning the District 8-6A title last year, leading a vocal few to call for his job on message boards (including the one on and on Facebook. Byars says the talk doesn’t bother him.

“That’s just a couple clowns,” Byars said. “I don’t read it. I hear about it. It’s comical. There’s only a few bad apples. You can’t let them spoil the bunch.

“I’m the same guy who did what I did last year with what we had, and we weren’t projected to do anything. I know, me and my coaching staff, we do some great coaching. Sometimes you’re rewarded, sometimes you’re not.

“I’ll leave it at that. I don’t want to say too much more pertaining to that. I have to keep in mind, these are high school kids who aren’t paid.

“The people who criticize myself, and call out coaches, that’s just ignorant. You want to criticize someone, criticize the Miami Dolphins. They’re paid. You get a meal and you don’t get good service, you paid. You have a right to criticize. You have a bad deal with your car, criticize that. You’re talking, for the most part, you’re talking kids who doing the criticizing. For the adults who are doing it, they’re just showing their ignorance.

“But the criticism doesn’t bother me one iota, especially when you know you’re doing the right thing. When you lay your head down at night and know that you’ve done everything you can to help the kids on your team succeed.”