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1982 Ohio State Buckeyes – Keith Byars Recruitment Money Clip (Letter of Provenance)
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Presented is a unique item that was a gracious token of appreciation for recruiting Keith Byars to Ohio State University. It is a silver money clip engraved on the front with an OSU logo centrally and both Keith Byars and K.C. Mosier’s name as the man who helped in the recruiting process.
As an OSU “committeman” in the 1980s and manufacturing company owner, Mosier helped student athletes get summer jobs. One of his assignments was recruiting Keith Byars the Roth High School tailback. “Built like a Mack truck, fast as the wind, and already a gifted swing-pass catcher, Keith (Byars) would surely become a prize recruit.”
One of Mosier’s hooks to Byars was that, “all the great tailbacks went to their state universities (i.e. Archie Griffin, Earl Campbell, Herchel Walker, Tony Dorsett etc.). The pitch worked well and Byars went on to be a Heisman Trophy candidate at OSU.
This money clip (2” tall) was presented to Mosier at the annual spring committeman meeting in Columbus, Ohio. It was presented to him by the Coach Earle Bruce.
Authentication: Letter of Provenance from K.C. Mosier II.